04-24-2008, 11:51 AM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Feb 2006
Re: Mortensen: C. Long was #2 on Parcells' board
Originally Posted by PatsandTrojans55
This story is very inaccurate. Here's the truth. Gholston was Miami's #2 guy all along and they didn't even consider Chris Long. Here's what they were trying to do.
They were trying to get Jake Long to agree to their terms of the contract and a very commonly used method is to put pressure on the agents with the threat of another option. The problem in this case was their #2 player (Gholston) was represented by the same agency as Jake Long and they won't bid against eachother (naturally). So what you do is you have to convince them your interested in another player who they would think could be picked by you in this position and the only logical choice was Chris Long.
Just like when an agent throws out some bogus information that another team is interested in their client so they could give the impression to that team causing said team to bid against itself therefore driving up the price for his client.
In this case they wanted to use Chris Long's agent to cause Jake Long's agent (Condon's group) to hurry and decide on their contract offer because they realized they gave him WAY to much time to decide (1 week) and Condon's group was shopping the offer to the Rams to drive up the price and the Dolphins were going to use Chris Long's agent to counter.
In the end, they didn't have to do that.
Hope this explains the situation for you all.
By the way, Chris Long wont get past KC now that the can get a Tackle or move up from #17. Plus, stick it to the Raiders for passing on Chris.
PFT and ESPN reported that Gholston was #2 on the Miami board, but that was before J Long was actually signed, when Parcells had every reason to lie about his intentions. But this story, that C. Long was the real #2, was published after J. Long was signed, and when Miami had little reason to lie.
Why would Miami lie about their Plan B after the fact? If they believe Gholston is truly the #2 player, then pumping up C. Long's value in the press makes Gholston more likely to fall to a division rival like the Pats or Jets.
If they truly believe CLong is the #2 player, then admitting it makes him less likely to fall to a division rival such as the Jets or Pats.
It seems logical to me that Mortensen's story is accurate, and C.Long was in fact #2 on the Miami board.
That leads to this thought... if CLong actually was #2 on the Miami board, then Parcells must believe he is a fit for 3-4 OLB, contrary to the belief of some on this board.