Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Free agent left tackle Jake Long spent three days with the St. Louis Rams, but left Friday without a contract the Long team felt was good enough, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.
The former number one overall pick was allowed to test the free agent market by the Dolphins and has been in St. Louis s. Long took a nearly day-long physical with the Rams and his agent had been talking contract since then.
It’s believed that Long was seeking roughly $11 million per season in a new contract, which is quite a lot for a player that hasn’t finished the last two seasons due to injury. St. Louis may be hesitating because of the glut of offensive linemen available in free agency and the draft.
The Rams desperately need a player like Long used to be to protect quarterback Sam Bradford’s blind side.
Still, the Dolphins have reportedly not given up hope Long may return to South Florida. The Fins have reportedly made two contract offers to Long, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
If Long does leave for St. Louis, Miami has planned to move right tackle Jonathan Martin to left tackle and address the right tackle position either through a free agent like Eric Winston or through the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Fins are still working on other free agents at the current time, but much like the overall free agent signings in the NFL, business has slowed down to a degree.