The official start of NFL Free Agency is just over a week away and there is a lot of speculation regarding Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long. While the belief is that Long is seeking $11 million annually in his new contract, an interesting point in a recent article on Pro Football Talk could make it hard for Long get a contract that pays him the amount he is hoping for.
Some think Long would be better off on the right side, which pays a lot less money. Regardless, if he doesn’t get a big deal early in free agency, his options could become narrow — both from a money standpoint and from the perspective of which side of the line he’ll land.
If the teams interested in Long view him as a potential right tackle, there is no way that they will invest over $10 million for a player at that position.
The next question becomes, how many teams view Long as a right tackle?
If it is a large portion of potential suitors who want Long for the right side of their offensive line, he will never get the money he is looking for and it will leave him looking at his options on the open market. If he turns down contracts, his options would become more limited and he could eventually find his way back to Miami.
When you look at his options, it is simple — Long is just asking for too much money and that is going to be scaring teams off. Don’t be surprised if he ends up re-signing with the Dolphins on a deal that pays $6 to $7 million per year.
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