The former first overall pick in the 2008 draft is currently in the Giants facility and Art Stapleton (New York Giants Beat writer) believes the Giants may sign him soon after his physcial he must pass.
The 322 lb, 6 foot 7, 30 year-old offensive tackle is Jake Long. Long had a lustrous career as
a Miami Dolphin and St. Louis Ram. In his seven year career, Long was a 4 time Pro Bowler, first team all pro in 2010, and for a long time he was arguably the top player in his position.
So why is Long a free agent if he’s so good?
Long was released by the Rams on March 9th because he was coming off two ACL tears and cost the Rams $10 million against the cap.
It is a little unsettling to hear the Giants may sign a player that has already torn his ACL…twice, for a team that usually garners many injuries themselves. If Long is signed though, I could see him as an immediate starter on the line, most likely as a LT while Justin Pugh would most likely start at RT.
This signing would be a great move for the Giants to make, especially so that they don’t have to rush rookie, Ereck Flowers, into the starting lineup just yet. Letting Flowers sit back and learn for a year or two will aid in his development tremendously. The signing of Jake Long would be an immediate help to the club and can replace LT Will Beaty, who tore his pectoral muscle in late Spring and will most likely be sidelined until October – November (a five to six month recovery).
What do you think about signing OT Jake Long? Like it, love it, or hate it?