Left tackle Jake Long is close to reaching a one-year deal with the Ravens, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, but it’s not certain quite yet, despite what Adam Schefter says.
Ravens and former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long reached agreement on a 1-year deal, per sources. Long flying to Baltimore tonight to sign.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2016
Sounds like there's still a little work to be done before Long deal is official. Team bringing him in and should sign him if all goes well.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 26, 2016
Jake Long has to pass a physical before the Ravens officially sign him. He's dealt with multiple knee injuries… https://t.co/XT15hXDllH
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) July 26, 2016
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) July 26, 2016
The Russell Street Report writers react to the news… and so does Jake Long himself!
So excited to be a part of the Ravens organization!! Back to football and a lot to prove. Time to get to work!!
— Jake Long (@JakeLong77) July 26, 2016
Seems like a low risk move that could provide solid veteran depth if Long’s injuries are truly behind him. Would expect a vet minimum deal ($885K) with perhaps some playing time incentives if he’s needed and he performs well. Given his injury history, the deal will likely contain a split salary, so that if he does end up on IR, he’ll receive a reduced salary ($453K).
Love the low risk and flexibility of the signing. What would make this a successful signing?
If it really works out: Long plays reserve Tackle for 1 year, replacing Hurst on the roster. He imparts his wisdom to Stanley, who is an opening day starter and never looks back.
If it kinda works out: Long plays LT for a year because Stanley is not deemed ready. He will likely be a competitive disappointment, but he’s above the replacement level and Hurst is not. Stanley plays LG and the Ravens fill a big hole there ala Ogden 1996.
If it doesn’t work out: Long is cut because he demonstrates in camp his skills have diminished too much for a roster spot and the Ravens must look elsewhere. The Ravens still gain some value with Long and Stanley practicing together, but they lose their best chance to fill a hole and some time.
If it really doesn’t work out: Long fails his physical or conditioning tests and is unable to take the field, even for practice.
The Ravens are right to have some reluctance going with a rookie at the left tackle to start the season. But it doesn’t change the fact that Ronnie Stanley will start this season – it just might not at the position we expected. It’s a wise move for the team. They get a veteran to compete at the most important position on the offensive line and a chance to beef up the left guard position. The uncertainty of putting a left tackle on the Ravens’ injured quarterback’s blind side would have left me uneasy heading into the season. I’m glad the concern is alleviated now.
This is a smart and likely very low risk one year deal for the Ravens. Ronnie Stanley is going to be a good player in the NFL but handing him the job and having no experienced depth behind him would have been a major risk.
Reports surfaced last month that Long, at age 31, feels healthier than he has in years. He was a four time Pro Bowler from 2008-2011. If anything the move provides the Ravens with some nice depth.
Jake Long is a 4-time Pro Bowler who hasn’t played a down since October of 2014 after two ACL tears to his right knee. He now says he’s as healthy as he’s been in 5 years. Nothing to lose by giving this somewhat predictable move a shot. Last year he signed a 1 year, $1.57M deal with the Falcons. This one might not even be that “rich”.
Worth a shot with little to no downside (assuming my contract estimate is close).
This is a low-risk, low-dollar investment in a player who clearly possesses talent. Hard to know what to expect from Long, but if he can prove he’s healthy and stay healthy he could add quality veteran depth to the line or even step in at left tackle to allow Ronnie Stanley some time to develop at guard early in the season. Not expecting much out of Long for now, but this has the look of a smart move….and hey, it’s not every day you sign a #1 overall draft pick.
Long has the background to prove he can operate as a viable NFL starting lineman, which makes this more or less a no-brainer move: OL depth was needed, likely pennies on the dollar in terms of contract value, high upside potential, and I can’t imagine there’s much downside there.
Yea, yea, yea… ACL issues. Sure. But these days, ACL blowouts (and subsequent returns) are as common as Le’Veon Bell suspensions…