Source: Eagles interested in LT Jake Long

Source: Eagles interested in LT Jake Long
March 12, 2013, 4:00 pm
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With free agency about to begin Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles have emerged as one of the teams interested in pursuing big-ticket free agent left tackle Jake Long, but he remains a long shot to sign with the Eagles.

A league source confirmed an ESPN report Tuesday that the Eagles have spoken internally about pursuing the four-time Pro Bowl pick, who is considered one of the top free agent linemen on the market.

But the source said Long is not at the top of the Eagles’ shopping list and said it’s not likely they’ll wind up signing him.

Long, the first pick in the 2008 draft, spent his first five seasons with the Dolphins and made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four pro seasons before a disappointing 2012.

Long’s level of play slipped this past season, and he missed the last four games after suffering a season-ending torn triceps injury during a game against the Patriots on Dec. 2. It was the second straight year he’s finished the year on IR after suffering a biceps injury in 2011 and the first time in his career he was not selected to the Pro Bowl.

But Long is only 27 years old and one of just three offensive linemen named to four Pro Bowls over the last five seasons, along with Jason Peters and Joe Thomas.

Long is believed to be seeking a deal worth at least $10 million per year, which could drive some teams away.

His rookie deal with the Dolphins paid him $49,535,940 over the past five years. A sixth year, in which he was due $10,750,000 for 2013, voided.

The Eagles will be more than $40 million under their adjusted 2013 cap figure of $146,814,669 after the release of 2011 free agent failure Nnamdi Asomugha.

Where would Long fit in with the Eagles? Peters, considered by many one of the game’s top left tackles when healthy, is attempting to return in 2013 after suffering two offseason torn Achilles injuries early last year that cost him all of last season. General manager Howie Roseman said at the Combine he expects Peters to play in 2013.

Peters is 31 years old and has two years left on his contract, at $10.4 million this year and $9.65 million in 2014.

Veteran Todd Herremans began last season at right tackle but was inconsistent before his season ended after eight games with a foot injury, and the general consensus is that he’ll likely swing back inside to guard. Dennis Kelly, a rookie late-round pick, started the final seven games of last season at right tackle and battled, but he’ll most likely go into the season as a backup.

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