ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Four-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long has signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Rams confirmed by their official twitter feed. The first overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft has a deal that can reach $36 million.
Drafted by the Miami Dolphins where he’s been a standout player for five seasons, Long made the decision to sign with the Rams after spending time with both franchises over the past week. Turning 28-years-old this May, Long was considered to be the top offensive lineman available on the free-agent market after the Dolphins declined to give him a franchise tag.
Over a possible 80 games since being drafted, Long has missed six total while making the Pro Bowl in his first four seasons. His most recent injury, left torn triceps, ended his 2012 season in early December. Long has also been known to have shoulder and knee issues the past two seasons.
However, orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed Long’s surgery to repair the triceps injury, was recently reported saying that the left tackle is in the best shape he has seen in years according to Yahoo! Sports.
Jake Long and defensive end Chris Long were the top two picks in the 2008 NFL draft. Now, the Rams have reportedly invested up to $84.2 million in both players through 2016.