Jake Long agrees to contract with St. Louis Rams, leaves Miami Dolphins

Monday March 18th, 2013

Jake Long agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the St. Louis Rams. (Chris Trotman/Getty) Jake Long agreed to a four-year, $34 million deal with the St. Louis Rams. (Chris Trotman/Getty)

Former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle, and 2008 first overall draft pick, Jake Long has agreed to a new contract with the St. Louis Rams, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

SI.com's Peter King and Albert Breer of NFL.com both confirmed the report. The Rams also confirmed the signing via Twitter after initial reports began trickling out.

It's a four-year, $34 million deal, according to PFT. With incentives, Long could make as much as $36 million over the life of the contract. $16 million of it is guaranteed, with $4 million more becoming guaranteed in 2014.

Long, 27, was one of the most coveted offensive linemen coming into the offseason. The Rams were able to woo him to St. Louis after a recent multi-day visit. Second-year Rams head coach Jeff Fisher's job in selling the organization's long-term vision was said to have convinced Long to leave Miami, according to Breer.

Long is easily the biggest signing for the Rams so far this offseason. So despite making a huge splash early on in free agency -- signing the top available wide receiver in Mike Wallace and stealing linebacker Dannell Ellerbe away from the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens -- the Dolphins were unable to retain perhaps their biggest free agent in Long. In fairness, all reports indicate the Dolphins only made a strong push to keep him after his visit with the Rams was complete.

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