According to Armando Sagluero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins made a low-ball offer to left tackle Jake Long during the season to try to sign him to a long-term extension.
I’m told by a source, in that an offer they made to Long during the season was considered something of a low-ball attempt to re-sign him.
So this ongoing negotiation is delictate. It’s so delicate, Ireland doesn’t even want to admit Long isn’t elite anymore — perhaps for fear that will offend or tip the balance of the talks in some way.
“Well I’m not going to tell you whether I think he is elite because I’m still in a contract negotiation,” Ireland said. “We certainly take, and I’ve had a good conversation with Jake when he exited the building, in fact I’ve talked to him a lot because he has been in the training room, but Jake has a decision to make and we have a decision to make.
“It’s a very, very difficult decision and it’s a very complicated negotiation, so we’ll have to see how things go.”
I know Long hasn’t been playing great lately’ but I have to imagine he can bounce next season. He’s only going to be 28 years-old in May and should have another four good years left in him if he can get it together.