The Miami Dolphins have their accountants and lawyers working around the clock this off-season due to all of the free agents they need to work deals with. No name is bigger than that of their four time Pro Bowl left tackle, Jake Long.
Long is reportedly looking to get a $10 million per year deal from the Dolphins, but after his underwhelming performance in 2012, the Dolphins are hesitant to give him that type of money without seeing what type of numbers he is offered in free agency.
With just under $50 million in cap space, the Dolphins are looking to shore up some of the glaring holes they had on their roster this season, and are apparently not feeling very optimistic about re-signing the former first over all draft pick.
The numbers to their first offer have not been released, but a teammate has let it slip that it was low enough for Long to have “scoffed” at it. This does not bode well for the Dolphins fans who were hoping to see their team be willing to spend the money to secure some of their free agent talent.
The team does have the option of franchising Long at $15 million for the year, but with the expressed confidence the Dolphins have shown in Jonathan Martin, they may be willing to simply part ways with Long if he is not willing to negotiate a lower deal.
Other notable names on the Dolphins free agency books are Reggie Bush, corner back Sean Smith, defensive tackle Randy Starks, and reliable wideout Brian Hartline. The Dolphins are also rumored to be interested in any of the big name free agent wide receivers set to explore the market this off-season.
Whatever direction the Miami Brass decides to go, the early indications do not look to promising, and it would not be much of a surprise if we do not see Long in a Dolphins uniform next season.
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