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Broncos take a look at Jake Long, but won't sign him

7/30/2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos brought veteran tackle Jake Long in for a look, but will not sign the 30-year-old team executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said Thursday afternoon.

“We brought him in, we’re doing out homework on him,’’ Elway said. “ … We’ll continue to look at all our different options in training camp. We wanted to bring him in and take a look at him, but at this point in time we’re not going to make any move.’’

That means rookie Ty Sambrailo will open training camp with the starters at left tackle. The Broncos will have their first practice Friday morning. Chris Clark, Michael Schofield and Ryan Harris are all competing for the right tackle spot in what will be a re-made offensive line.

Clark work with the starting offense much of the time in offseason workouts.

Long had made a second visit to the New York Giants Wednesday -- he had previously visited the team in May -- and had visited the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. He was scheduled to travel from his visit with the Giants to Denver.

Health will be an issue for Long even if the Broncos decide to take another look down the road. He has torn an ACL in each of the previous two seasons -- the ACL and MCL in his right knee in the 2013 season as well as another right ACL tear last season.

The Rams, who signed Long to a four-year deal in 2013 season, released him in March. Long has not played 16 games in a season since 2010, his third year with the Miami Dolphins.

The Broncos signed Harris earlier in the offseason following Ryan Clady’s season-ending ACL tear in a May practice. The Broncos have worked Sambrailo at left tackle with the starters since Clady’s injury and head coach Gary Kubiak has consistently lauded Sambrailo’s progress.

The Broncos are still trying to decide on a right tackle as well. Some personnel executives in the league said they believed because of the injury history, the question of Long’s ability to continue to play left tackle is significant. Some in the league say he would need some time to get back to 100 percent, so initially it may be a backup and/or mentor role as well as a potential option at right tackle.

Chris Clark has lined up with the starters during offseason workouts, but Kubiak said in the team’s final minicamp that Michael Schofield, a second-round pick in 2014, was making it “competitive.’’

To sign Long, if the Broncos see him as a potential after a workout, would be turning back the clock a bit on their youth movement up front.

Elway is scheduled to speak to reporters Thursday afternoon.