SI.com's Peter King is reporting that the Dolphins have indeed given Jake Long a deadline to come to terms with a contract. Here's what King writes in today's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column, which by the way, is the best weekly internet column about the NFL:
Interesting that we're now a week removed from the initial reports about the negotiations that have started and still no reference to Chris Long. Apparently, Peter King now believes that Vernon Gholston is option #2 for the Dolphins. I'm not saying I'm against this. It's just rather interesting.
One problem the Dolphins might have while trying to work out a deal with Jake Long is that Jake likely isn't going to fall very far. He could go as high as #2 overall to the Rams and probably wouldn't make it past the Falcons at #3. So Tom Condon, Jake's agent, does have some leverage here.
I wonder what the "deadline" is, anyways.
Tick, tick, tick...