The Miami Dolphins are heading into the 2013 season with nearly $50 million dollars of cap space and impending free agent OT Jake Long wants some of that money. According to the Miami Herald, Long is looking at a contract that would pay him around $10 million per season. The former number one pick was once considered the premiere left tackle in the NFL but his career has been plagued with injuries in recent years.
The Dolphins have several members of their team getting ready to hit the free agent market such as RB Reggie Bush, TE Anthony Fasano, WR Brian Hartline and S Chris Clemons along with Long. Miami is likely to allow all of those players to test the free agent market this offseason.
Left tackle is a position that several teams need to fill. It is arguably one of the most important positions of the field for teams that field a right-handed quarterback. If Miami doesn’t want to overpay for Long, whose play on the field has regressed in recent years, there will likely be several other teams around the league to overpay and think they can salvage the remainder of his career.
Either way, Long will reap a large contract this offseason, likely with a different team however.