Discussion in 'NFL Football Forum' started by Rob0729, Mar 18, 2013.
Long signs for four years, $36 million.
Overrated player, but weakening a divisional rival is always a good thing.
uh....wow...how is this a smart move by the Phins?...don't sign your young, 1st round pick, stud LT and count on the draft or a scrub to protect your young QB?
To think they could've drafted matt ryan :singing::singing::singing:
If Long is geting 9 million I can't imagine Vollmer gets more than 6.
Sign tons of overpriced free agents and let your franchise left tackle leave. That's how I would build a team if I was in charge.
Not as dumb by the Phins as you guys say it is. He's not the 2010 Jake Long any more.
Do they have a Felger & Mazz on Phins sports talk to run the wake tomorrow ... :Cry:
At this point, I'm not sure I can imagine anyone signing him to play LT. . . .
Interesting that St.Louis lands picks 1 & 2 from the 2008 NFL Draft. Has that happened many times before?
Doubtful, as someone said on Twitter earlier, letting a top-5 pick walk after only his first contract is a rather large failure. Especially when that pick is a 4 time pro-bowler in nearly as many years.
I'm not getting the Dolphins won free-agency vibe. If you only look at the players they added, you could say yes. But, when you factor in whom they lost. It looks pretty balanced.
Mike Wallace - wr
Brandon Gibson - wr
Dustin Kellar - te
Reggie Bush - rb
Jake Long - t
Anthony Fasano - te
Has this offense improved? Hmmmm
Dannel Ellerbee - lb
Phillip Wheeler - lb
Sean Smith - cb
Karlos Dansby - lb
Kevin Burnett - lb
Improved at lb. Not in the secondary.
It may not have improved on paper yet. But RB and T are 2 positions that it is fairly easy for a rookie to come in a make major contributions at lower cap hits.
I've never heard anyone say that about LT. Very difficult for a rookie to break in there. Agree about rb. They have Miller and Thomas. But, doesn't Thomas have fumbling issues??
He is still better than what they have and what is available on the free agent market. They did spend a lot of money on a deep threat in Wallace and right now do not have anyone to protect Tannehill's blindside to have time to get it to him.
Yes, Long is probably just an above average LT right now and has injury concerns, but there really isn't anyone who is that good left on the market at least at LT.
Tackles can take a while to adjust. Defensive linemen in the NFL are bigger, stronger, and faster than many of the d-linemen they face in college. A lot of tackles take a year or two to adjust.
And just how much those lb's are an improvement is debatable. After Adalius, I'm not convinced that linebackers coming from the Ravens are going to succeed elsewhere.
Considering what the top OL have been getting in free agency in recent years this is great news for the Patriots because it sets a really low bar for Vollmer. If he gets 60 million it is a completely different market. The Patriots should be able to get Vollmer in for 4/24 with injury protection if they really want to get this done.
Adalius was very good when he was both a) healthy, and b) cared.
Unfortunately, he rarely met both criteria at the same time. I'm still convinced that Dont'a Hightower was drafted to be all of the things that Adalius would have been if he hadn't been such an a-hole.
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