(FootballStL) -- The St. Louis Rams spent all of Wednesday, including dinner, trying to court free agent tackle Jake Long. One day later, Long is still in St. Louis.
“I can’t go into that right now, but he’s still here,” head coach Jeff Fisher said. “That’s a good sign.”
The Rams are in desperate need to find an offensive lineman to protect quarterback Sam Bradford and the team’s sights are glaring at Long as the top option.
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“Jake may be the only offensive lineman in NFL history to go to four consecutive Pro Bowls starting with his rookie year. He’s a very, very talented player and he’s still got a lot left,” Fisher added.
Long, no relation to defensive lineman Chris Long, missed four games last season due to a triceps injury. He has also suffered from knee problems in the past.
“Obviously, part of this process you have to do your due diligence from a physical standpoint,” Fisher said. “We’ve done that and we’ll see where it goes.”
It appears the ball is now in the hands of the 27-year-old lineman. For Rams fans, it would be an impressive signing for a franchise that has seen its quarterback get drilled on a weekly basis.
The Rams’ quarterbacks have been sacked 124 times since the 2010 season. So, yes, the signing of Jake Long could be a great thing if it all goes through.
The one downfall of bringing in Long may come with a dissatisfaction with current left tackle Roger Saffold. It’s been rumored that Saffold would be upset about having to make a switch to right tackle, but Fisher downplayed any such rumor.
“We had discussions with Rodge, not his agents, and what I’m concerned about right now is Rodger and Rodger is fine,” Fisher said.
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