However, with the Dolphins' offseason in full-swing, there now appears to be a chance that he'll be brought back. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland has had numerous conversations with Long this offseason as the Michigan product rehabilitates his triceps injury at the team facilities. Ireland would not divulge any specifics regarding the negotiations on a new deal or his willingness to use the franchise tag on Long.
"It's one of those avenues we have there available to us," he said of the franchise tag. "To negotiate in the media right now, I'm not going to give you my plans or what I plan to do from a franchise standpoint but it's certainly available to us and we'll use those avenues to make those decisions moving forward ... we've got some tough decisions to make here moving forward."