Is Long an elite left tackle now? No. Is he the player he was several years ago? No. Does he deserve 10 million per season? NO!!! Let someone else pay him that much!!!
Please God, let me see 1 Dolphins Superbowl victory before I die.
My question for those who want him is why pay him money when the last 2 seasons he has ended on IR? I could see giving him money if he was not a HUGE injury risk but the reality is this guy is only going to get worse IMO. THe body doesn't typically get stronger the more you play, it weakens. Armando's comparison to Boselli is spot on. Why resign someone who is an injury risk to play an important role on the team? Let him walk and replace him plain and simple.
I gotta go look at some Tackles in the draft now....
1. Melvin Gordon RB
2. Bernardrick McKinney ILB
3. Steve Nelson CB
4. John Miller G
5. Adrian Amos FS
5. Kenny Bell WR
i would love to keep him for 4mill a year for 3 years.other than that i think we over pay.its like going in to the ca dealer and he tells you he wants top dollar for that used car
I'm starting to think good o-line play has as much to do with scheming and play calling than having elite players there. Not saying you can get away with having 5 marc columbo's, you need competent players but I don't think you need 5 all pros either.
I think Martin will be fine at LT. Incogs is probably a goner, he makes too much and doesn't fit the scheme. I'm really curious to see how Jerry handles this offseason, did the new coaching staff get through to him or is he back to eating 100 cheeseburgers a day? Theres a good chance we'll be looking at 3 new faces on the o-line next season.
A lot of you guys need to get over the 15 million dollar tag #. Building a team is not about money it is about managing your cap situation on a year to year basis. I made a post earlier as this being the last possible option of three. The reason teams use the cap and and players hate it is because it is a cap friendly team friendly tool. If the team is not comfortable with the tackle position going into free agency and beyond the tag is a great way to protect yourself. If you have doubts about Jake's health but have concerns about what will happen if he is not here next year you can sign him and attempt to solve the problem for 2014 in the draft, while not causing long term cap issues. Tagging him will cost us cap space in 2013 but there is plenty of room and we need not blow the space on players in 1 year.
I bet you ask any GM what to do with Jake with these following statements in mind, What to do with Jake Long?
1. You can't sign Jake for a 3-4 year deal for 8-10 million per year.
2. Similar talent for same price is not available.
3. Draft is the draft.
4. You have 40+ mil in cap space for upcoming season
5. Have holes at WR, CB, Oline, on your current roster.
95% of them say tag him.