Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Jake Long talks Dolphins, free agency
By James Walker
Pending free-agent left tackle Jake Long was once considered a franchise building block for the Miami Dolphins. He is a former No. 1 overall pick who made the Pro Bowl four times while in Miami.
However, the Dolphins are treating Long like a player they're not too interested in keeping. The silence so far has been deafening and could signal the end of an era in Miami.
On Tuesday, Long shared his thoughts on the Dolphins with the NFL Network.
"I'd be open to continue my career there, but it's essentially on them,” Long said. “[Let’s] see what they want to do and what direction they want to head in and go from there. That's the business side of it so we'll see what they want to do."
Long doesn't sound confident that he will return to Miami. The Dolphins have about three weeks to re-sign Long or let him hit the open market. That is most likely where Long will get big contract offers, despite injuries hindering his play the past two seasons.
Miami has more affordable alternatives at left tackle. Jonathan Martin, a 2012 second-round pick, filled in for the injured Long last year on the left side. Miami also could look to free agency or the draft, where Miami has a lot of resources this offseason.