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The Miami Dolphins have reached a contract agreement with Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The announcement will come at a 1:45 p.m. news conference.

 

Despite speculation that Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells really had planned to select Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston or Virginia defensive end Chris Long, sources told ESPN's Michael Smith that since the Dolphins opened negotiations with Jake Long they were talking to him exclusively.

 

Long, a 6-foot-7, 313-pound senior who moved to left tackle in 2006 and started his final 26 games, was an All-America selection and Big Ten lineman of the year in each of his last two seasons.

 

Offensive line is considered the biggest need for the Dolphins, who went 1-15 last year.

 

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Couldn't we have traded down a few spots and still been able to get him?

No.

 

The only thing I don't like about this is that it means Vernon Carey is going to have to switch positions after he had a standout year at LT. But, if he can gel at LG, the combination of him and Long will be ridiculous.

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Couldn't we have traded down a few spots and still been able to get him?

No.

 

The only thing I don't like about this is that it means Vernon Carey is going to have to switch positions after he had a standout year at LT. But, if he can gel at LG, the combination of him and Long will be ridiculous.

 

It's always been my opinion (read: I haven't proven it) that moving a player from tackle to guard on the same side of the line is usually highly beneficial to that lineman...

 

Robert Gallery and Leonard Davis come to mind

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Couldn't we have traded down a few spots and still been able to get him?

No.

 

The only thing I don't like about this is that it means Vernon Carey is going to have to switch positions after he had a standout year at LT. But, if he can gel at LG, the combination of him and Long will be ridiculous.

 

It's always been my opinion (read: I haven't proven it) that moving a player from tackle to guard on the same side of the line is usually highly beneficial to that lineman...

 

Robert Gallery and Leonard Davis come to mind

:notworthy

 

But Schefter's saying Carey will move back to RT. I hope to God he's wrong for the first time ever.

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Couldn't we have traded down a few spots and still been able to get him?

No.

 

The only thing I don't like about this is that it means Vernon Carey is going to have to switch positions after he had a standout year at LT. But, if he can gel at LG, the combination of him and Long will be ridiculous.

 

It's always been my opinion (read: I haven't proven it) that moving a player from tackle to guard on the same side of the line is usually highly beneficial to that lineman...

 

Robert Gallery and Leonard Davis come to mind

:notworthy

 

But Schefter's saying Carey will move back to RT. I hope to God he's wrong for the first time ever.

 

That may be wrong... the BEST bet for the Dolphins... would be to move Jake Long to RT, where he has been predicted to be "pro bowl caliber" whereas he has been predicted to be a good NFL LT...

 

Keeping Carey at LT gives the Dolphins the solid production they'd otherwise get from Long and (theoretically) superb production at RT... from there, they already have a solid center in Satele, whom Parcells has confirmed as being one of "his guys" (don't ask me how I know, this is one rare time where I do) and then from there, the Dolphins just have to tinker with the guard positions, then next season they can work on skill positions (and possibly RB, if Brown's knee is sketchy)

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From two different Michigan fans on the ESPN boards.

 

I've watch Jake the last 4 years and I can honestly say he's the best O-Lineman the state of Michigan has ever produced...

 

Ronnie Brown should have a career year next year with jake paving the way...

 

Jake Long allowed Mike Hart to become Michigan's All-Time leading rusher...

 

He rarely got called for penalties or allowed a sack (Only 1 of each all last season and it was like that all of his 4 years also), whenever it did happen it was more of a fluke play because it hardly ever happened...

 

He's a true road grader too, I saw him literally block a man 30 yards down the field, pancake him, then jump on top of him...

 

He always plays until the whistle and alot of times even after it...

 

He's also very smart and will represent you organization the right way...

 

I know it might not be a SEXY pick but my Lions have been making SEXY picks for as long as I can remember and we've been consistently bad for as long as I can remember...

 

Congrats Jake...

 

15 year season ticket holder for U of M here....

 

Congrats on Jake Long , the guy is a BEAST....he led the way for Mike Hart and usually after b*tch slapping the opposing DE he was 10 - 15 yards downfield looking to kill a Safety on most of Harts runs.

 

I think he is better than Joe Thomas and alot of scouts thought if he came out last year he'd go ahead of Thomas but Jake is LOYAL to a fault and wanted to go back to Michigan and finish things instead of leaving for the $$$$$...

 

You got a Pro Bowl Tackle for the next 10 years congrats.

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Maybe it's just me but I don't start a rookie at LT. I want the blind side blitz to be picked up and I want a proven Tackle in there protecting our QB. I grew up a Giants fan under the Parcells era so basically everything I know about football I learned indirectly from him. I can't imagine them starting Long at LT his rookie year.

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Couldn't we have traded down a few spots and still been able to get him?

No.

 

The only thing I don't like about this is that it means Vernon Carey is going to have to switch positions after he had a standout year at LT. But, if he can gel at LG, the combination of him and Long will be ridiculous.

 

It's always been my opinion (read: I haven't proven it) that moving a player from tackle to guard on the same side of the line is usually highly beneficial to that lineman...

 

Robert Gallery and Leonard Davis come to mind

:notworthy

 

But Schefter's saying Carey will move back to RT. I hope to God he's wrong for the first time ever.

 

That may be wrong... the BEST bet for the Dolphins... would be to move Jake Long to RT, where he has been predicted to be "pro bowl caliber" whereas he has been predicted to be a good NFL LT...

 

Keeping Carey at LT gives the Dolphins the solid production they'd otherwise get from Long and (theoretically) superb production at RT... from there, they already have a solid center in Satele, whom Parcells has confirmed as being one of "his guys" (don't ask me how I know, this is one rare time where I do) and then from there, the Dolphins just have to tinker with the guard positions, then next season they can work on skill positions (and possibly RB, if Brown's knee is sketchy)

Agree wholeheartedly.

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