Dolphins put Jake Long on IR

As expected, the Miami Dolphins put starting left tackle Jake Long on injured reserve, ending his 2011 season. Long tore his biceps in last week's loss to the New England Patriots.

Long made the Pro Bowl, but he wasn't as consistent as past seasons. Long constantly played through pain and was never fully healthy.

Long is entering a contract year in 2012. The Dolphins have a big decision to make whether to extend Long, let him play out the final year or even trade him -- which is starting to be discussed in Miami.

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas recently was given a seven-year, $84 million extension. Long will be looking for a similar contract when his current one expires.

Should the Dolphins pay it?