Who will be protecting Ryan Tannehill's blindside in 2013? Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland wants to keep Jake Long as his team's left tackle but is insisting on the hometown discount, according to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.
The popular notion among Miami fans is that Long is on the decline, due to injury, and he can be replaced by 2012 rookie Jonathan Martin, a free agent, or a 2013 rookie.
Pro Football Focus has Long rated as the 22nd-best offensive tackle in free agency. There is no doubt that Long is coming off a down year, and Ireland is using this past season and the popular perception as leverage.
Is Long really this broken? Can he be replaced by Martin, a free agent, or a rookie?
So far this offseason, Long has received some breaks, and his stock is rising.