Dec 2, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long before a game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Dolphins 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) -- According our colleague Mike Garafalo at USA Today, the Miami Dolphins are still in the hunt to sign free agent offensive tackle Jake Long.
Long made a two-day visit with the St. Louis Rams, but left town with on deal in hand.
The team that drafted Long No. 1 overall in 2008 is mounting a charge to retain their left tackle, according to a person informed of the negotiations between the sides.
The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity, said general manager Jeff Ireland and his team have been in communication with Long on Friday morning and are trying to bridge the gap they've had in previous negotiations.
The person said Long was demanding more than the Cleveland Browns gave Joe Thomas ($84 million over seven years) in 2011 but has since come down in his requests.
The most lucrative deal a tackle has received this offseason was the five-year, $37.5 million deal the New York Giants gave Will Beatty. Long was surely trying to get at least $10 million per season, though his recent injury history and declining performance figure to preclude him from reaching that mark.
Long played 12 games last season, suffering a left triceps injury in early December loss to the New England Patriots.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Long is leaving St. Louis this afternoon without a contract and that multiple teams are interested.
At least two are - the Rams and the Dolphins. And Miami is hoping Long will remain in South Florida to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a few more years.