It was announced late last night that Miami has agreed to terms with Michigan offensive lineman, Jake Long. The former Wolverine will become the first pick in this Saturday's NFL Draft. The deal makes Long the highest paid lineman in the NFL.
"I'm very excited and honored to be a part of the Miami Dolphins and this organization," said Long in a press conference yesterday.
After going 1-15 and locking down the first pick in the draft, the Dolphins could have gone a number of ways to help in the rebuilding process. Long seemed to be the safest pick since he could step right in. His track record at Michigan proved he was legit. He started 40 games during his college days and served as a two-time captain (one of only 11 players in Michigan history to have been given that honor). He was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2006 and again in 2007. He finished second last year in balloting for both the Lombardi and Outland trophies.
The NFL Draft is set to take place this Saturday and Sunday in New York City.