He is considered by many to be the top LT in the game, and not just by us Dolphin fans. He has been voted to the pro bowl every year he has been in the NFL; he is a quality person ON AND OFF the field. He is by far one of my favorite O-Linemen of all time big Jake Long.
Some fans too this day think it was a mistake to take big Jake over Matt Ryan who was taken by Atlanta but I have never felt that way because when you look at their career production you will see that Big Jake has proven to be one of the best at his position while Matt Ryan even now is not a top 10 QB in the NFL.
I am sure Cleveland fans will argue that pro bowler Joe Thomas is the best LT in the game but without getting into it everybody can agree that Big Jake is one of the best at his position and in my opinion he should be properly rewarded with a new contract that pays him as one of the top LT’s in the game. Joe Thomas signed a 7 year contract worth 84 million dollars last year that averages out to 12 million per year and surely Jake is worth every penny of that and his contract should be similar in dollars as well as length of contract for the next current Dolphin who should be in the Hall of Fame if he stays healthy and plays at this level for the next 7 years or so…
Now more than ever I can appreciate his value as we have drafted a young QB who just might be our answer at that position for the next 10 years or more and it’s truly comforting to know that Jake Long will be there to protect him. No more stupid decisions to play big Jake in meaningless games with the potential for him to suffer injuries and what was even worse is that Jake did get injured in that game…
I have zero regrets that Miami selected Big Jake as their top pick in 2008 and I hope they do him right by extending him a contract that pays him his worth and assures he retires as a Dolphin because I do not ever want to see him in a Jets, Pats or Buffalo uniform. To many teams treat their veteran players the wrong way how many veteran players who have played at a high level and deserve to be paid as one of the top players they have shown to be are not being paid?
I hope Miami will not do that with big Jake because I can not think of a more deserving player to get rewarded for his hard work and professional way in how he handles himself than Jake Long.
This is a revised version of an article I wrote on (http://phinfans.wordpress.com/ )