NFL free agency update: OL Jake Long leaves Dolphins for Rams
|03.18.13 at 6:16 am ET|
Offensive tackle Jake Long agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $36 million with the Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Long, 27, played his first five seasons with the Dolphins and started in four Pro Bowls.
Long was the No. 1 overall pick in 2008 out of Michigan. He had missed only two games in his career until being placed on injured reserve in December with a left triceps injury.
“It was a tough decision,” Long told the Post-Dispatch early Monday morning. “I came in for a visit and coach [Jeff] Fisher and [executives] Kevin Demoff and Les Snead were amazing. I just fell in love with their vision and the entire organization, and all the great things they had to say about Mr. [Stan] Kroenke and the way they go about football.
“They really made me feel welcome — my wife and I. It was such a great family atmosphere. It was something I wanted to be a part of. But in the end I wanted to think it through, make the right decision, because Miami was amazing to me. Took me No. 1. Mr. [Stephen] Ross and I have a great relationship. This was my home for the last five years, and I just wanted to make sure I made the right decision.”