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Jake Long does minimum deal, with split salary

MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Offensive lineman Jake Long #77 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a touchdown by Ronnie Brown #23 against the New York Jets at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 31-27.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings needed a tackle, and Jake Long needed a job. In the end, however, the team had the leverage.

Per a league source, Long signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $885,000. With five weeks already in the books, that works out to $624,705.

If at any point Long lands on injured reserve, however, the salary will be cut in half, dropping to a base rate of $453,000. Which equates to $26,640 per game.

Concerns linger in league circles regarding Long’s knee. Ultimately, the Ravens opted not to sign Long during training camp because he refused to sign an injury waiver.

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36 Responses to “Jake Long does minimum deal, with split salary”
  1. purpleguy says: Oct 13, 2016 2:23 PM

    After watching Clemmings for 60 minutes last Sunday, I almost wonder if Long can’t play as well with 1 and 1/2 knees.

  2. wrlegrand says: Oct 13, 2016 2:28 PM

    I mean, $25,000 a game still seems like a nice pay day…no matter what.

  3. bringmemysoiledfool says: Oct 13, 2016 2:30 PM

    Welcome to IR bud.

  4. jag1959 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:38 PM

    8 seasons and played on one winning team, he probably would have paid MN to play for them just for a shot at winning a playoff game.

  5. highdimension2015 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:42 PM

    After all taxes, he’d get to keep less than 22k per game. Plenty of incentive to earn starter’s money next year by busting his ass, and not a knee. Wish him well.

  6. tooz56 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:43 PM

    Not a bad payday towards the end of your career

  7. dayglo80 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:44 PM

    When reading this article one thing comes to my mind. Week 4 vs the Giants. The commentators kept referring to the Giants injuries as part of the reason they were not playing well.

    Well come week 7 @ the Eagles we might be playing with our 3rd QB, 3rd LT, 2nd/3rd RT if they decide to move Clemmings over there, 2nd RG, 2nd and 3rd string RB’s and a back up DT.

    I love the way this team has been able to keep grinding and looks out for one another!!!

  8. kneedragr says: Oct 13, 2016 2:53 PM

    Sounds like he got a pretty sweet job rehabbing his knee for 450k.

  9. allight59 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:56 PM

    He’s willing to play for nothing cause he sees the inevitable Super Ring coming….

  10. ariani1985 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:58 PM

    the horrible Packers defense just wet itself!

  11. codythao35 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:59 PM

    Bc he knows Vikings are going to win Super Bowl and that’s all he ever wanted, didn’t really care about the money.

  12. codythao35 says: Oct 13, 2016 3:00 PM

    He knows Vikings are winning it all this year that’s all that matters.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 13, 2016 3:06 PM

    So he’ll make more than 12 times what the average person in the US does for an entire year for playing 11 games. After not having to be in training camp and OTAs.

    Must be nice to have problems like that.

  14. scmems07 says: Oct 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    Getting paid $25,000 for does something that you love for 4 hours….. and some players still complain about money?

  15. John Koehnen says: Oct 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    If he’s all banged up, a good deal for him. Get $25K/wk to be on the bench. A $300K payday to sail off into the sunset.

  16. universalchurchoftruth says: Oct 13, 2016 3:21 PM

    Players will continue to flock to the Vikings just to get a chance to play for Zimmer.

  17. ragnarthegreat says: Oct 13, 2016 3:23 PM

    I hope he plays brilliantly and I hope the Vikings find a way to enhance his compensation to match.

  18. aypeeswhippingstick says: Oct 13, 2016 3:25 PM

    A small price to pay for another turnstile.

  19. riraider says: Oct 13, 2016 3:29 PM

    Bottom feeding club! Oh ya, super bowl? Maybe the off season with the Bills!

  20. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 13, 2016 3:30 PM

    The Vikings are right up against the cap. If Long does go on IR later in the season and his salary is cut in half, they may have just enough money left to sign a kicker before the playoffs.

  21. riraider says: Oct 13, 2016 3:36 PM

    Hey Minny Ha Ha Fans
    Wide Left

  22. riraider says: Oct 13, 2016 3:44 PM

    You do know it’s Jake, not Howie!

  23. Norseman says: Oct 13, 2016 4:26 PM

    Smart way to take a chance on Long, who can fill-in at swing tackle.

  24. beer4guy says: Oct 13, 2016 4:31 PM

    Vikings need for Long to be at least average, which will be better than TJ at this point. And they just can’t afford any more serious injuries on the o-line. Multiple injuries at the same position can derail playoff hopes quickly.

  25. finfansince68 says: Oct 13, 2016 4:35 PM

    I only wish him the best, as another great former Dolphin – WHEN healthy he was one of the best.
    I’m pretty sure Zimmer will use him wisely – If not, he won’t make it the end of the season.

  26. atthemurph says: Oct 13, 2016 4:36 PM

    That’s robbery. This Long kid should be renamed Capone or Dillinger. That anyone would pay him shows just how desperate MN is for offensive linemen.

    Poor Sam Bradford…… never going to make it through the year.

  27. filthymcnasty3 says: Oct 13, 2016 4:54 PM

    Does he get to keep wearing #77?

  28. dragonfly99 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:49 PM

    So basically it will only cost the Vikings $453,000

  29. teamnorsecore says: Oct 14, 2016 12:03 AM

    Packers offered him a pack of pork belly, a case of Old Milwaukee and some Packer stock……and that was to play running back. After all, he is lighter and more nimble that Feastmode.

  30. zygizag says: Oct 14, 2016 1:18 AM

    How valuable has the Vikings new OL coach been regarding new players of the Vikings. New a new QB oh yeh Sammy B I coached him. Need a new lineman, oh yeh Long, I coached him too.

    He does have his work cut out for him trying to make this OL functional. If he can do that the rest is in place.

  31. moezilla says: Oct 14, 2016 1:56 AM

    riraider says:
    Oct 13, 2016 3:44 PM
    You do know it’s Jake, not Howie
    ——————————————————————
    Howie Long was an offensive lineman? LOL!
    Pretty sure the Vikes are set at D-Line but if they need a forest fire put out in an overly dramatic way, I’m sure they will give him a try out….

  32. mojodoa says: Oct 14, 2016 6:31 AM

    Low risk high reward. Have to find a way to keep Bradford upright. Don’t want games coming down to a field goal.

  33. stellarperformance says: Oct 14, 2016 8:55 AM

    The split contract was somewhat unusual. His good knee was signed for $624,705.00. His bad knee was signed for $216,616.00.

  34. stellarperformance says: Oct 14, 2016 8:57 AM

    The Vikings have just signed the slashed inflatable to back up Jake Long, just in case he can’t go.

  35. mnvikes1961 says: Oct 14, 2016 3:07 PM

    Stellar is very upset because the inflatable was his latest “boy-toy.”

  36. mongo3401 says: Oct 18, 2016 5:21 PM

    He has already made 57!million from Miami and another 35 million from St Louis so he is not doing it for the money

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