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Veteran OT Jake Long “100% Confident” He’ll Play In 2016, Despite Knee Concerns

In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday, free agent OT Jake Long mentioned that he’s “100 percent confident” he will be playing in 2016.

Long said that this is the healthiest he’s been in a long time, despite recent reports that those around the league are concerned about his injury history.

[I’ve been] working out everyday and feeling strong,” Long said, via Sirius XM NFL Radio. “This is the healthiest I’ve felt in a very long time. Knee feels great.”

According to Long, his agent has been in contact with a few teams.

My agent has spoken to some teams and I’m sure something will come up,” Long said, via Sirius XM NFL Radio. “My focus is staying healthy and being ready.”

Yesterday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported that many around the NFL believe Long’s legs “are shot.”

The Bears brought Long in for a tryout a few weeks ago, but they elected to go in a different direction in terms of offensive line help.

There are few teams checking on available offensive tackles including the Giants, 49ers and Seahawks, so they could be teams to watch for Long in the coming weeks.

Long, 31, is a former No. 1 overall pick by the Dolphins back in 2008. He spent five years in Miami before signing on with the Rams as an unrestricted free agent during the 2013 offseason.

Long has unfortunately dealt with multiple ACL tears over the past few years, which led to him signing a one-year deal with the Falcons last year as a reserve lineman.

In 2015, Long was limited to appearing in just four games for the Falcons, playing nine total snaps.

We have him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.