Truth be told, Atlanta is desperate for a shutdown left tackle.
While Sam Baker has shown great improvement so far in 2012, he still appears best suited to play at right tackle. Moreover, Tyson Clabo has struggled mightily thus far in 2012.
Jake Long is the perfect solution. He can handle his business alone without help from a guard or running backs. His addition would also allow Baker to slide over to right tackle while also allowing Clabo to be a solid backup or provide depth elsewhere on the line.
There's no evidence that Long will be available for trade, but he is in the final year of his rookie contract and the Dolphins have no guarantee he’ll re-sign. Long’s reputation is that of a winner and he may not be willing to wait on the organization any longer.
All-Pro left tackles aren’t typically traded in their prime, but the Dolphins may look to get something for him rather than let him walk after the season.