Posted: 1/24/2013 10:13 AM
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Wednesday that the Dolphins presented their left tackle with "something of a lowball" contract offer during the season. The Dolphins know Long did not play like a top-10 offensive tackle in 2012, and his injury concerns are serious long-term. He will need to take a pay cut to stay in Miami and yet ...
"He's one of those guys that likes the idea of being the best at what he does, and one way he proves to everyone that he is is by being the highest paid at what he does," one Dolphins source told Salguero. "Yeah, there's a considerable amount of professional ego there."
Posted: 1/24/2013 12:41 PM
Posted: 1/24/2013 1:07 PM
Posted: 1/24/2013 2:42 PM
Last edited 1/24/2013 2:43 PM by dougb123
Posted: 1/24/2013 5:36 PM
First, after the complete sham the media had in the Manti Teo fiasco I really don't trust any report that does not quote a source or actually provide some numbers or facts. Sports media has become a complete joke. Heisman trophy finalist creates an imaginary friend who was on the Stanford volleyball team, died, was in a car crash, and had leukimia and all this slipped past their research nets? HA! Armando better come up with something better this this article to make me beleive the Phins actually did "lowball" Long.
I wouldn't be heartbroken with a 3 yr $27-28 million dollar contract. Cause right now, the Phins don't have many better options at LT. Martin sucked, the draft doesn't offer much better help at 12, certainly not in the 2nd and 3rd, and priorities in the draft and FA need to on WR, TE, and CB. I just hope and pray that if Long is resigned that he snaps out of this funk and gets back to being the best in the league.
Posted: 1/24/2013 7:42 PM
Posted: 1/25/2013 3:58 AM
mlb1399 wrote: If the rumors are true about him expecting $11-$12 million then Ireland should absolutely low ball him.I'm guessing that would be a blow to the ego but the facts are facts. His play is declining and he has had some major health issues the last 2 years.I agree with the other poster that for $8-$9 million I'd resign him. If not, let someone else overpay and get poor value.
Posted: 1/25/2013 8:19 AM
dougb123 wrote: Seems quite a few of our FA players will be able to test the market and check there value. Armando Salguero is a dick for writing such an article with the headline "lowball offer" must be the only way he can get people to read his stuff, everyone knows Long isn't the same player he was and is not going to get the same money he had. You can find much better LT's for less, while I don't think it would be wise to have Martin and Jerry as our starters we can check FA to and find someone better if were paying top dollar or a decent player at the price point were willing to pay. If we can't find them we should still let our FA go if were not getting value from them. Rather be 7-9 with a younger team building toward the future then 7-9 with the same guys and over paying them.
Posted: 1/27/2013 7:44 AM
Posted: 1/27/2013 9:30 AM
dstock21 wrote: I would be pissed if we paid him 8 or 9 Million a year. Before he got hurt he wasn't playing like an 8 or 9 million a year player. We would all be pissed in 2014 when we tight on money again and big jake is making 9 million to be a big name has been. I would rather us franchise him and overpay him for one more season to see if he snaps out of it than overpay him for multiplr seasons.
Posted: 1/27/2013 10:09 AM
Posted: 1/27/2013 12:12 PM
Posted: 1/27/2013 12:53 PM
Posted: 1/27/2013 8:30 PM
Jake Long was once considered in many circles to be the best left tackle in football. His stock has fallen off dramatically due to myriad injuries and declining performance, and he’s slated to hit a deep free-agent market for offensive tackles this March.
Long’s monetary expectations remain high. Citing people who have spoken to the Dolphins’ front office, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports Long is believed to be seeking “at least $10 million a year” and the Fins are “pessimistic” about their chances of retaining him.
Jackson adds that Long “scoffed” at the Dolphins’ in-season extension offer.
Long turns 28 in May and there are indications his body is breaking down, so we can’t fault him for pursuing every last dollar on his first ever opportunity to test free agency. With the way things have gone for him recently, this could conceivably be Long’s final substantial pay day the NFL.
He’s just probably not going to get it from the Dolphins.
Posted: 1/27/2013 9:01 PM
Posted: 1/27/2013 9:50 PM
Posted: 1/27/2013 10:05 PM
Posted: 1/27/2013 10:29 PM
Last edited 1/27/2013 10:39 PM by dougb123
Posted: 1/28/2013 12:49 AM
kebo wrote: We need to get a free agent tackle. Who would be the best value for the price? Long, Gosder Cherilus, Brandon Albert? I'm also not thrilled with the WRs in the draft, really need to get Jennings or Bowe.
Posted: 1/28/2013 1:58 AM