Dan Quinn has officially announced the signing of offensive tackle Jake Long, the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Dolphins. The 30 year old veteran has agreed to play for the falcons on a cheap, 1 year deal, sources report. Long will begin as the backup left tackle, second string to Jake Matthews. Long will then rotate to right tackle, where Ryan Schraeder is starting.
“I am excited to have him compete — his toughness. For a guy, ‘Yeah, I just want a chance to compete.’ When a guy talks to you like that, you certainly have a lot of respect for how he goes about his business. So, we’re excited to have him here; get him up to speed as fast as we can. And then we’ll kind of cross that bridge in terms of where and [when] after that.” explained Coach Quinn.
Jake long worked out twice with the Falcons this offseason. After tearing his ACL for the second time last season, he just received medical clearance. Long has spent the past four seasons on injured reserve. He’s also had torn biceps and triceps injuries to go along with the ACL tears. Long started all 96 games he’s played in through seven seasons with the Dolphins and Rams. Despite his injuries, he was the number one overall pick in the 2008 draft for a reason:
- 4× Pro Bowl Selection (2008-11)
- First-team All-Pro (2010)
- Second-team All-Pro (2009)
- Ed Block Courage Award (2011)
- PFW All-Rookie Team (2008)
- Jim Parker Trophy (2007)
- Consensus All-American (2006-07)
- Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year (2006, 2007)
- First-team All-Big Ten (2006, 2007)
- Big Ten Conference championship (2004)
Jake Long is a low-risk, high-reward player. Playing for cheap, he has nothing to lose. He is bound to perform well, and when he isn’t playing, he will mentor the young offensive line for the Falcons.
The Falcons released safety Charles Godfrey to make this signing possible.