Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long got a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews this week. The same can't be said for a proposal Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is trying to get through the Florida legislature to raise $200 million for improvements to his stadium so as to make it Super Bowl-worthy.
The link between Long and the legislature is whether the Dolphins can afford to let their former No. 1 overall pick walk away at such a vital time?
Long is one of four starting players the Dolphins have coming up for free agency. In addition to Long, who made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons before suffering with injuries the past two, Miami could lose its leading receiver (Brian Hartline), leading rusher (Reggie Bush) and top cornerback (Sean Smith). That's a huge drain at a time when the Dolphins have the money to re-sign at least two of those four and still get top free agent target, wide receiver Mike Wallace.
"Theoretically, none of those guysRead More »from Jake Long looks 'great', possibly makes Dolphins' free agency decisions tougher