We are just 3 hours from the start of the NFL's free agency period and rumors are starting to fly. The latest is from ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reports that the Eagles are interesting in OT Jake Long.
Long came into the league as the #1 overall pick in the 2008 draft and has made 4 pro bowls over his first 5 seasons in the league. He looked every bit the part of a franchise LT that would anchor the Dolphins for a decade. However, the last two seasons injuries have really robbed Long of his effectiveness.
He has had triceps, biceps, knee and shoulder injuries that have required surgery and his play struggled as a result. The big question for any team looking at Long is whether these kind of injures will continue to dog him, or whether he's healthy and ready to return to Pro Bowl form?
For what it's worth, Dr James Andrews has given Long a clean bill of health.
"I just saw him [Wednesday] and he looked great," said Andrews, who did surgery to repair a ruptured left triceps injury that cost Long the final four games of the 2012 season. "I asked him about his knee and he said it's the best he has felt in years," Andrews said. "Like I said, this is the kind of kid you want. I'm not worried about him at all."
While Long has been a LT, if the Eagles are truly interested in him, it would seem likely he would be asked to play RT here. Reports are that he's looking for top of the market LT money, so this may be a situation where a team really looking for value needs to wait out the market and see if Long's price and expectations comes down.
The Bears and Dolphins are also teams who Long has been connected with.