Miami negotiating with Jake Long

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  1. GostkowSKI

    GostkowSKI On the Game Day Roster

    According to the Miami Herald, the agent for Jake Long has begun contract talks with the Dolphins... link to follow.
  2. GostkowSKI

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  3. KontradictioN

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    Jake Long is a beast. Hopefully, this means that either Chris Long or Vernon Gholston will slip to us. Unlikely, but I'm staying hopeful.
  4. GostkowSKI

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    If anything, it increases the chances that Matt Ryan is on the board when we pick for trading purposes.
  5. Rob0729

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    My guess is that when everything is said and done, Miami will negotiate with two or three players and give the one who is willing to take the best contract for the team's perspective like Houston did with Mario Williams and Reggie Bush.

    I do think if Jake Long does end up being the first pick, it may shake up every pick ahead of us. I don't think St. Louis is prepared to have both Chris Long and Gholston on the board when they pick.
  6. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    Funny scenario: Miami drafts J. Long, Pats draft V. Gholston, Gholston picks up right where he left off in college and abuses J. Long for the next 10 years. Sweet.
  7. NePatriots

    NePatriots Draftnik Supporter

    And the order of the universe remains intact.
  8. IcyPatriot

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    Suddenly the OL is all the rage of the top of the draft as the dropoff is steep. Long dropping to us will be huge if it happens. Hopefully ... the media stays hooked on Gholston ... I'll take Long all day long :p over him. Belichick will go nuts with Long - Vrabel and AD all interchangeable :rofl:
  9. VJCPatriot

    VJCPatriot Pro Bowl Player

    I don't think Matt Ryan gets past Atlanta at #3. They desperately need a new 'face of the franchise' and Ryan gives them just that, along with hope and a way to sell more tickets.

    If this rumor is true, and I don't see a reason to doubt it yet then St Louis' pick is going to be the critical one.

    1 Miami. Jake Long. Cornerstone of the offensive line.
    2 St Lous. Chris Long or Dorsey. With the top tackle gone, their DL needs a serious upgrade.
    3 Atlanta. Matt Ryan. Face of the franchise.
    4 Oakland. McFadden. Has the electric speed Davis loves.
    5 Kansas City. Ryan Clady or Dorsey. KC either takes the best OL or DL left.
    6 NYJ. Gholston. Great pass rusher and takes away a potential weapon from the Pats.
    7 NE. Trade down and pick up extra picks. If either Ellis or Dorsey slides here, they have decent trade bait.
  10. PonyExpress

    PonyExpress In the Starting Line-Up

    My read on the how the draft will play out right now is

    1. Mia: J. Long
    2. StL: Gholston
    3. Atl: Dorsey
    4. Oak: McFadden
    5. Balt (from KC): Ryan
    6. NYJ: C. Long
    7. NE: Clady
    8. KC: Albert
    9. Cin: Ellis
    10. NO: DRC
    11. Buff: McKelvin
    12. Den: Rivers
    13. Car: Harvey
    14. Chi: Mendenhall
  11. jays52

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    Yeah, saw that on the scroll on total access tonight. I keep telling myself that this has got to be a guise. There's no way parcells is that dumb. Think about how much leverage that would give an agent.
  12. Pat the Pats Fan

    Pat the Pats Fan In the Starting Line-Up

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    Probably right that it is a guise. and that we hear today that the Phins are also talking to the other Long and Ryan's agent.....
  13. GostkowSKI

    GostkowSKI On the Game Day Roster

    I actually think it's the exact opposite, that Miami would have more leverage negotiating now. They make what seems to be a fair offer to Long, he says no, they move on to the next draft pick. Once they draft him, that's when the agent really has the upper hand, because at that point they're not negotiating with anyone else.
  14. Metaphors

    Metaphors In the Starting Line-Up

    Exactly. JLong is playing a game of chicken. He knows there is a possibility that if he isn't selected at #1, he could slide to #5. So he has a choice:
    • Try to maximize a contract from Miami and risk having to accept a contract from KC (likely less than what Miami is offering)
    • Accept a contract from Miami (assuming the offer is fair)
    I would say the latter is more likely and JLong comes to terms with the Fins before the draft.
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