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Jake Long getting healthy in time for free agency

Jake Long, Scott Solomon AP

If there are concerns about Dolphins left tackle Jake Long and his value in the free agent market, they shouldn’t be health-driven, according to his doctor.

Long got a “clean bill of health” from Dr. James Andrews this week, as the celebrity doc told Yahoo’s Jason Cole that Long should be ready to go soon after surgery to repair a torn triceps. Andrews said he’d give him another month to let the triceps heal, but if he had to play now, he could.

“I just saw him [Wednesday] and he looked great,” Andrews said. “I asked him about his knee and he said it’s the best he has felt in years. Like I said, this is the kind of kid you want. I’m not worried about him at all.”

Others have their concerns.

As Florio pointed out recently, there hasn’t been much buzz about Long as a potential free agent, and the Dolphins used their franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks instead.

But the former No. 1 overall pick has proven to be a quality starter when well (which he clearly wasn’t last year), and if the Dolphins don’t make a move to retain him, they’re going to have to invest heavily in replacing him — which is as important for their young quarterback as the splashy wide receiver signing everyone assumes they’re going to make.

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  1. eaglesw00t says: Mar 7, 2013 9:36 AM

    If Im Howie Roseman, Im dumping Nnamdi and his 11 mill this season (15 minus the 4 mill guaranteed) and spending it on Long. Peters isnt guaranteed. Herremans didnt look great last season when he was healthy. We need a plan C. Long is an immediate plugin. And if by some miracle Joeckel does fall to #4, you can still pick him.

    Otherwise, it makes Milliner your pick at #4, and you get 2 instant starters.

  2. mrtwister1 says: Mar 7, 2013 9:37 AM

    We already have a left tackle in Martin. Why would we want to overpay for a broken down LT who now refuses to speak to the local media. Jake knows that we know and so he has moved on….so should we!

  3. saintsfan1111 says: Mar 7, 2013 9:37 AM

    So who is gonna dedicate 8% of their cap to this guy? No one, that’s who….

  4. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Mar 7, 2013 9:39 AM

    Dolphins are stupid if they let him go. His recent “fall” can be attributed to him playing through injury, not a lack of talent. Jake Long is a tough player and with his knee issues behind him, he shouldn’t have the same slip-ups against speed rushers that he did last year.

  5. fuglyflorio says: Mar 7, 2013 9:42 AM

    Translation … give me a huge contract that I won’t live up to. I’m fine. Seriously. Perfect health. Small, unmarked bills please.

  6. polegojim says: Mar 7, 2013 9:48 AM

    Come back to Michigan Jake.

    Look great in a Lions uni.

    No one I’d rather have on my blind side.

  7. 1bbfan says: Mar 7, 2013 9:49 AM

    Is it because he wants to much money,injuries or bad attitude? Why is this guy not talked about as a top free agent. And why would Miami not want him?
    Strange !

  8. FinFan68 says: Mar 7, 2013 9:51 AM

    There are too many options in F/A and the draft for Jake Long to expect as much money as he does. His asking price must come down. Winston just became available so the Dolphins could look to sign him at RT if they believe Martin is the answer at LT.

  9. andymannfl says: Mar 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    He’s been pretty average the last two years and at times pretty bad. He got abused a lot last year in pass protection and it’s fine for him to say it’s because he was hurt but he can’t expect a team to invest long term in him at big dollars until they see him play a full season healthy and at a pre-2011 level. There are other Tackles available and the draft has several options that won’t cost $10 mill/year. Lower your expectations big guy.

  10. chi01town says: Mar 7, 2013 10:00 AM

    Emery should get Long thats a LT
    and a good one. Cutler needs his blind side protected. O-line.. O-line
    O-line in the draft.. on the free agent market.. I dont care make a trade Emery like you did with Marshall last season. the Bears need a hole new O-line.

  11. hehateme2 says: Mar 7, 2013 10:03 AM

    He said the same thing last year …. how did that turn out?

  12. andymannfl says: Mar 7, 2013 10:22 AM

    I seem to recall Tony Boselli making the same ‘I’m healthy now’ proclaimation a few years back. How did that turn out? Too much risk for a team to invest in him what he wants.

  13. rasalas says: Mar 7, 2013 10:23 AM

    Jake Long on NFL.com in April 2012: “I feel great,” said Long, who went on injured reserve in December after battling a back injury and a torn right biceps. “This is the healthiest I’ve felt in a long time. All healed up, working out 100 percent, ready to go.”

  14. jwreck says: Mar 7, 2013 10:39 AM

    Polegojim- really? No one you’d rather have on blindside than a natural RT playing LT? Not clady, not thomas, not Williams, not okung, not Jacoby, not light, not Samuels, not healthy Peters, not joeckel, not Kalil, but long? Really?

  15. tannethrill says: Mar 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    Doesn’t fit what the Fins are trying to do.

  16. rockymtnphinfan says: Mar 7, 2013 11:53 AM

    Long has been ok for us. Great the first couple of years, not so great the last couple of years.
    WARNING: Jake Long said last year he was 100% healthy and “felt better than he has felt in years”. He ended last season on IR (for the second year in a row). Now he is saying the same thing all over again. Long is asking for more than he has proven he is worth.
    I applaud our FO for not just handing him a cap-debilitating contract.

  17. Scott says: Mar 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    As a Fins fan, I have to admit I liked Long as the number 1 overall pick a few years ago. We were supposed to have one if the best LT in football for 10-12 years. Long was very good to great for a couple years, but has been a disappointment for the last 2. Injuries have turned him into average or less than average.

    For those others who want him for name recognition, caveat emptor

  18. guvsta says: Mar 7, 2013 12:32 PM

    Scott says:Mar 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    For those others who want him for name recognition, caveat emptor

    _________________________

    Now that’s a name you’d definitely recognise but I don’t know if he’s willing to change from Jake Long?

  19. mackie66 says: Mar 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    Jake Longs is an injury waiting to happen. He’s had one to many arm surgeries, plus the knee, plus the back. So he’s fine now,(says every yr) so what happens 3rd game into the season, he’s injured again(DL). The Dolphins don’t wanna gamble 60mil of on long, not with Jonathan Martin doing a good job.
    The #1 pick of the draft is no longer the #1 pick.

  20. kenny131 says: Mar 7, 2013 5:10 PM

    What else would you expect Dr. Andrews to say? “Ummm Jake long is extremely injury prone and I wouldn’t doubt it if he doesn’t make it through another full NFL season in his career”? OFCOURSE his doctor is backing him at the most important time of his future!

  21. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 7, 2013 11:28 PM

    Story you will never see: Jake Long STAYING healthy thru season. elite pay requires elite play. the last two years good pass rushers have been able to turn the corner and get past him. dont give me that “playing injured” excuse. yea you shouldive been healthin it up instead of taking snaps in meaningless games in non playoff seasons, now its time to get paid he is concerned about gettin healthy. and dont we hear this felt better than ever every year from Jake?

  22. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 7, 2013 11:31 PM

    Scott says:
    Mar 7, 2013 11:57 AM
    As a Fins fan, I have to admit I liked Long as the number 1 overall pick a few years ago. We were supposed to have one if the best LT in football for 10-12 years. Long was very good to great for a couple years, but has been a disappointment for the last 2. Injuries have turned him into average or less than average.
    ____________________________________

    i know its hindsight but do you like him more than Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco? (name Flacco’s left tackle)

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