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Vikings announce arrival of Jake Long

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Jake Long #77 of the Miami Dolphins gets the play in the huddle during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings traded their first-round pick in the 2008 draft to the Chiefs for Jared Allen. The Vikings now have under contract the first player taken that year.

Tackle Jake Long has officially joined the Vikings, at the same time the Vikings have placed tackle Andre Smith on injured reserve.

Smith becomes the fourth offensive Vikings starter to land on IR, joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson, and tackle Matt Kalil. Long, who was available for a reason, will be called upon to quickly get up to speed.

He rejoins offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who was the head coach in Miami when Long became the No. 1 overall pick.

After five years with the Dolphins, Long spent two years with the Rams. He hasn’t been to the postseason since his rookie year; instantly, Long joins a team that if halfway to 10 wins exactly one month after its regular season began.

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  1. sportmigos says: Oct 11, 2016 10:33 AM

    could of sworn tony soprano was dead

  2. sirmetaphor says: Oct 11, 2016 10:34 AM

    He has motivation finally. it’s now or never. Been on such bad teams it’s gotta be hard to stay motivated.

  3. billtetley53 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:34 AM

    Depth if TJ continues to struggle.

  4. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 11, 2016 10:35 AM

    He’ll be on IR after 2 games.

  5. tacowrecker says: Oct 11, 2016 10:35 AM

    Decent player when he’s healthy, but that hasn’t happened in many years

  6. beavertonsteve says: Oct 11, 2016 10:36 AM

    The last play that Jake Long blocked for Bradford, his man blew past him and hit Bradford, tearing Bradford’s ACL in the process.

  7. kowboydmac says: Oct 11, 2016 10:39 AM

    For a reason..

    Injuries,contract dispute with Ravens and most likely didn’t want to risk further injury signing with a team going nowhere.

    Vet minimum, well coached up and coming super bowl contender is probably just what the doctor ordered

  8. jjackwagon says: Oct 11, 2016 10:39 AM

    The Vikings traded their first-round pick in the 2008 draft to the Chiefs for Jared Allen.

    Actually they traded their first & 2 third’s for Allen. One of the few trades where you can say both teams won. The Vikings got Allen and the Chiefs got Brandon Albert and Jamaal Charles.

  9. FlashPatterson says: Oct 11, 2016 10:42 AM

    beavertonsteve says:
    Oct 11, 2016 10:36 AM
    The last play that Jake Long blocked for Bradford, his man blew past him and hit Bradford, tearing Bradford’s ACL in the process.

    ………………………
    Really? I dont like that at all. I’m not superstitious but i am a little stitious.

  10. 700levelvet says: Oct 11, 2016 10:45 AM

    He’s a bust…

  11. h0metownzero says: Oct 11, 2016 10:46 AM

    Will he get to keep #77?

  12. sikoix says: Oct 11, 2016 10:48 AM

    Hopefully this is like when the Vikings would sign Scotty Graham off the streets in the 90’s every time robert smith would go on IT, and he would tear it up somehow.

  13. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Oct 11, 2016 10:56 AM

    “a little stitious” ahahahahahaha

  14. diveleft says: Oct 11, 2016 10:58 AM

    How many more #1 overall picks will the Vikes aquire this year? I believe they are at 2 so far.

  15. beer4guy says: Oct 11, 2016 11:04 AM

    I sure hope Long has something left in the tank. He must be a better option than signing Bukoski(?) off a practice squad, so he must have shown something in his workout yesterday.

    But more importantly, they have to fix TJ’s technical issues. He played ok the first couple of games, but on Sunday regressed into his old habits of not moving his feet and lunging at the defender with his upper body. That needs to get corrected quickly and permanently.

  16. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 11, 2016 11:21 AM

    At this point, a warm body is an upgrade.

    With all the injuries to the offensive line the last two seasons, it’s impossible to develop any continuity. This is the only unit on the team that has the potential to blow up the season. Other than kicker, maybe.

  17. chicagosportsfan11 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:26 AM

    Solid addition going into week 6

  18. vikingjack73 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:26 AM

    Jjackwagon, that trade for Jared Allen also included KC’s 6th round pick which MN used to draft center John Sullivan

    Who was MN’s starting center from 2008-2014
    Missed all 2015 with injury & was cut at end of training camp this year
    Not bad!

    The other 3rd rounder KC got from MN (Dajuan Morgan) was a bust
    And was the 6 th rounder KC used on Keith Robinson (zero NFL catches)

    So it turned out to be:

    Jared Allen & John Sullivan for
    Jamaal Charles & Brandon Albert

  19. jwestlin says: Oct 11, 2016 11:26 AM

    “The Vikings traded their first-round pick in the 2008 draft to the Chiefs for Jared Allen. The Vikings now have under contract the first player taken that year.”

    ———————————————

    I read that opening paragraph four times, trying to understand its relevance. Still don’t.

    They traded a first round pick, which did not become Jake Long, but he was selected first overall in that draft by a different team, so because they didn’t have a first round choice in 2008, and now have the first overall pick… full circle?

    Huh?

  20. mnvikes1961 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:29 AM

    I think this will work well for the Vikings.

    Who wouldn’t want to be part of this? Another player who will be all in and giving 100%.

  21. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 11, 2016 11:37 AM

    One nice thing about the offensive line injuries is that a lot of different young guys will get significant playing time so the Vikings will be able to see who’s developing and who isn’t. They’re going to have to start over almost completely on the line over the offseason and it will help to know which guys have a chance to be contributors.

    One guy I’m glad is getting a chance is Jeremiah Sirles. I heard him on the radio last week and he seems like a really cool guy, very smart and very funny. He did a dead-on impression of Norv Turner. He’s done a good job filling in at different positions and it looks like he’ll be the starting right tackle now.

  22. jag1959 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:40 AM

    Longs arrival may trigger PTSD in Bradford

  23. allight59 says: Oct 11, 2016 12:03 PM

    Only getting the veteran minimum, but the Superbowl ring bonus will make it worth while…

  24. vikingjack73 says: Oct 11, 2016 12:09 PM

    Keep pouring the “Haterade” on Bradford!
    These are the SAME idiots who claimed MN grossly overpaid for Bradford

    That he was a bust & would never amount to anything with MN
    Hahahahahahahaha

    Looks like the trade of the year in favor of MN!

  25. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Oct 11, 2016 12:27 PM

    Vikingjack73 –

    I don’t think PHI is complaining considering how well Wentz is playing. And, like it or not, Bradford has an injury history a mile long. Oh, and your OL sucks. So at least you have that going for you.

  26. stellarperformance says: Oct 11, 2016 12:34 PM

    Maybe he can give Boone a spell once in awhile……before Bradford gets hurt.

  27. John Koehnen says: Oct 11, 2016 12:37 PM

    Remember when we were all excited about Ronnie Hillman? Where’s he been? Also, where is Willie Beavers? How bad is he? The only difference between Long and Hillman is that with zero depth and OL dropping like flies, Long will actually have to play.

  28. cardinealsfan20 says: Oct 11, 2016 12:54 PM

    @vikingjack73 – No, the Bradford trade was still a bad move. The only way it would be a good move was if the Vikings were an almost guaranteed SB winner at the time of the trade, which was not true and even less true now.

    Teams simply cannot repeatedly trade away draft choices, especially high ones, and hope to consistently compete. The first line of this story is an illustration. Jared Allen was a liability most of his Vikings career. Spent most of his time rushing past the quarterback and being horrible against the run.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 11, 2016 12:56 PM

    Remember when we were all excited about Ronnie Hillman?
    ______

    No.

  30. smartestmanonthecinder says: Oct 11, 2016 1:03 PM

    This is a lot like the move to get Bradford. Talented guy who never reached full potential due to injury and playing on really terrible teams (its not usually the SB champs drafting #1 overall). Less risky than the Bradford pickup, tho, as Long actually has had all-pro seasons in the NFL, costs the vet minimum, and allows the Vikes to take practice-squad quality dudes out of the starting lineup.

  31. JSpicoli says: Oct 11, 2016 1:03 PM

    What was the mechanism that was used to attach him to the team Was it a trade? FA?

    Great work

  32. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 11, 2016 1:05 PM

    Sounds like an upgrade to me.

  33. h0metownzero says: Oct 11, 2016 1:13 PM

    Long in the tooth.

  34. ragnarthemagnificent says: Oct 11, 2016 1:30 PM

    I guess accruing 1st round, 1st overall picks is still important even if its several years later.

    Maybe we can bring in Jamarcus Russell to mix up some Purple Drank to celebrate being undefeated record – SKOL!

  35. purplepackerhater says: Oct 11, 2016 1:32 PM

    OL depth is always a good thing, especially at vet minimum. Lot of upside, very minimal downside, if any.

    The MN-PHI trade was a win/win. Both teams benefited, Vikings short term, Phi long term.

    The vikes may end up only giving up a #28+ draft choice for a starting QB with “franchise” level talent. Noone can predict injuries, thus, you have to make moves based on the promise a player has.

  36. purpleguy says: Oct 11, 2016 2:01 PM

    This certainly can’t hurt, although I question whether his knees will hold up for 11 or more straight games. Thought they might try to lure big Phil out of retirement. Also didn’t realize Fusco had a concussion history, so they’d best be looking for an OG or two as well.

  37. housemusic1200 says: Oct 11, 2016 2:36 PM

    Jared Allen was a liability most of his Viking career? Did you even watch him play? He was consistently one of the top DE’s in the league. Yes, his play fell off eventually, but it was time to move in a direction by that time anyway. Just keep hatin. What’s next “the Vikings haven’t played anybody good yet”, or the “Zimmer is overrated” posts?

  38. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 11, 2016 3:01 PM

    The Gods Created the Minnesota Vikings in 1961 and all was Good, They played well and won the NFL Championship in 1969 but lost the Superbowl 1970, The Fans stay true, The Gods dangle the Carrot again and again 1974/1975/1977,
    all Defeats, but the Fans stayed Faithful, The Gods were pleased.
    Fast Forward to 2016 the Vikings face the most adversity
    in team history, but this year the Gods say, IT IS TIME!
    the Fans have proven themselves worthy, the Prize is theirs to win in 2017 and at home 2018……. And all was good, in all of Heaven and Earth.
    So it is written…….
    The Vikings Cree…

  39. teamnorsecore says: Oct 11, 2016 3:03 PM

    John Koehnen says:
    Oct 11, 2016 12:37 PM
    Remember when we were all excited about Ronnie Hillman? Where’s he been? Also, where is Willie Beavers? How bad is he? The only difference between Long and Hillman is that with zero depth and OL dropping like flies, Long will actually have to play.
    ……………
    Why play Hillman? Adding him was a depth move. I believe the same with Long. He is badly needed depth. Just a guess, but he probably will not play unless Fusco can’t go and they need to shuffle everyone again.

  40. 440Barracuda says: Oct 11, 2016 3:15 PM

    If Long is healthy, stays healthy and still has his footwork, this could be a great move for the Vikings. I watched every game of his college career (GO BLUE) and many in the NFL, and he’s got a mean streak like no other.

    The lineup that would make the most sense would be to have Long at LT, Boone at LG, Berger at C, Sirles or Fusco at RG (Fusco is not looking good as of late) and Clemmings at RT (he did better at RT last year, than at LT this year).

  41. lambeaudungbarn says: Oct 11, 2016 3:33 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Oct 11, 2016 1:05 PM
    Sounds like an upgrade to me.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=
    Vikings beat the Packers with or without him.
    I like it how the Packer Trolls are starting to get a little bit braver after a couple wins, from the Leagues Easiest Schedule..
    Now it is about how Minnesota couldn’t win NOW, hahaha.
    They seem to forget Bradford only knew about 1/3rd of the Offense when we played week #2…
    And they will be talking until we go to the Lambeau Lagoon and beat them again, like last year, But this year Minnesota knocks them out of the Playoffs! SKOL Baby SKOL!

  42. somatg3 says: Oct 11, 2016 3:48 PM

    Long has to be an improvement over TJ “Pylon” Clemmings who is best suited for RT.

  43. ariani1985 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:26 PM

    does the Lambeau lagoon even have running water? damm you cheese heads play in a dump!

  44. chrisk61 says: Oct 12, 2016 12:28 PM

    hey vikes

    wanna trade for druggie OT lane johnson ?

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