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Monday, March 11, 2013
Report: Bears, Rams considering Jake Long

By James Walker

There has been a long silence from the Miami Dolphins regarding four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long. Miami apparently has no interest in paying top dollar to retain Long, who was the team's No. 1 overall pick in 2008.

But there are at least two teams reportedly in the hunt for Long's services. USA Today reports the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams are most interested in the soon-to-be former Miami offensive tackle. Both Chicago and St. Louis have a need at offensive tackle to protect their starting quarterbacks: Jay Cutler and Sam Bradford.

As free agency nears, it is more and more evident that we've probably seen the last of Long in a Miami uniform. The Dolphins have the cap room to spend but haven’t shown any indication they will use it on the veteran left tackle.

The only chance of Long returning to Miami is if he doesn't get much interest elsewhere in free agency and is willing to take a team-friendly contract. But those chances appear slim.