Nov 11, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long (77) on the bench in a game against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Long Agrees To Terms With Rams


 

Well, Jake Long‘s foray into free agency certainly was an epic one. It took nearly a week of silence, a grassroots movement, a two day physical and an alleged “strong push” by the Dolphins to resign the left tackle, but now it has finally reached a conclusion. Tonight, just before 12:30 am, ProFootballTalk reported that Jake Long has come to terms with the St. Louis Rams.

The terms of the deal are being reported as 4 years and up too 36 million dollars. This will certainly have ramifications on how the Dolphins proceed during the remainder of free agency. The Dolphins were reported to have made it clear to Long on how far they were willing to go to retain him. Dolphin’s GM Jeff Ireland seems to have wanted Long back, but only at his price. In the end, Long is moving on and the Dolphins are left with a hole to fill on the offensive line.

There are still quality linemen available in free agency. Expect to hear a lot of chatter in the coming days about OT Eric Winston and a possible fit with the Dolphins. If the need is not addressed in free agency expect multiple picks to be used on offensive linemen early in Aprils draft.

This may be interpreted as a loss for the Dolphins, but no one knows Long’s worth better than Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins. Long’s 2012 season was plagued with injuries and a step backwards from his prowbowl play in prior seasons. What Ireland does from this point forward will indicate if the Dolphins made a huge mistake or a prudent decision to separate themselves from an expensive player with injury problems.

Let’s all remember Jake Long and his contributions to the Dolphins fondly and remember to keep our FINS UP!

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  • henry

    Long decides to go with The Fish…. (E.R.) that is… Lol

  • disqus_tCsSugAPod

    Good Luck your time with the fins was good when your off the coaches table. Good luck going against San Francisco Seattle Tampa Bay and Arizona’s defense stay healthy lol

  • Chris

    Just once I’d like to read an article on the internet without any typos, grammar/spelling mistakes, or improper words used accidentally in a sentence…

    • Jcartwright67

      I know right! It completely took away the force of the moment. The nerve these kids have; in between college classes, real jobs to support themselves, and just enjoying their day…they write for our entertainment. You should ask for your money back. You should write to the editor. You should lighten up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.hutchinson.754 Gregory Hutchinson

      Quit crying, you know how silly you sound ????

    • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.hutchinson.754 Gregory Hutchinson

      Speaking of an awful article, that one has got to be the worst i’ve ever read BY FAR !!!!!!

    • Sal Biase

      I apologize for any offense you took to poor spelling and grammar. When I posted this this morning my main focus was simply to get the news up on our site as it broke. Normally, I take pride in going over my work with a fine tooth comb and proofing multiple times. In the future, expect a higher quality of work from my personal writings. Enjoy PhinPhanatic and our content!

      • Chris

        I didn’t take any offense or get upset or cry. I think I read four articles in a row with atleast one mistake in them and I let my emotions get the best of me. Thanks for taking my outburst of criticism like a man, Sal. I will now ask for my money back, write to the editor, quit crying and lighten up…

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.swanson.988 Todd Swanson

    they will regret getting him he will get hurt agian

  • http://twitter.com/KasloSteve Steve Hoffart

    Winston would be a quality replacement or Vollmer. Martin played better than Long in the last few games of the season at LT. Sad to see him go, the last and only good pick of the 2008 Draft. Have to think one more Free Agent at least is coming to Miami. If I were a guessing, I would say Winston and Grimes will both sign in Miami.

  • Jcartwright67

    I don’t understand this decision. Was it financially motivated? Was it offensive scheme motivated? Coach/owner motivated? Ego? All or none of the above? After state taxes, buying a new residence, and selling(today’s luxury home market?) or maintaining a second residence in FL; has Jake and his family actually netted more income than what the Phins offered him? No, its not a business decision or at least not a good one. We have an owner with one of the best American business minds (see Forbes), we have a GM that navigated the team into a top 3 cap space and is actually using the money to improve the team(the two Ohio teams with better cap space haven’t done much), we have Joe Philbin who is arguably better than Fisher and proved it last season. Ego is a very important aspect to a professional athlete. Ireland either didn’t stroke it enough or perhaps Jake allowed it to influence his decision too much. Jake, you made a mistake.

    • Sal Biase

      I have a feeling the Dolphins offer wasn’t as competitive as was being reported. Jake Long was probably also offended the Phins didn’t make keeping him a priority. The Rams really wanted him, the Dolphins were more take it or leave it,