Dolphins free agent-to-be LT Jake Long mentioned that the ball is in the Miami’s court in regards to whether or not he’ll be back next season.
“We’re going to have to see,” Long said when asked if he’d remain in Miami, via NFL.com. “I’d be open to continue my career there, but it’s essentially on them, 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.”
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have Long “multiple” contract offers.
Previous reports have suggested that the Dolphins would like to retain Long, but aren’t willing to overpay to do so. It’s also unlikely that the Dolphins would elect to franchise him in the coming days, so there stands a very good chance that he’ll be allowed to test the open market come March.
It will be interesting to see if the sheer number of solid offensive tackles available in this year’s free agent class drives down the asking price for guys like Long.
We have him currently listed as the No. 19 best available free agent in our Top 50 Free Agents list.