Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long is seeking a contract of “at least” $10 million annually, The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported on Sunday. So far, the Dolphins have not been optimistic about contract talks.
From Jackson’s report:
People who spoke to the Dolphins’ front office say Miami is pessimistic about its chances of re-signing Jake Long but will keep working at it. Long, believed to be seeking at least $10 million a year, scoffed at Miami’s first offer during the season, according to a teammate.
Until recently, Long was thought to be one of the best left tackles in the game. But at only 28, injuries have contributed to his decline over the past two seasons.
Long is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. And though the Dolphins could place their franchise tag on him, it would cost them nearly $16 million to do so.
The Dolphins drafted tackle Jonathan Martin in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played most of this season as the team’s right tackle, but he was a left tackle at Stanford.