It's possible after the Dolphins selected Stanford left tackle Jonathan Martin in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night.
Because of the restructured rookie salary structure, Martin will be a bargain in comparison. Could financial realities combined with health concerns lead to the Dolphins moving on from Long?
"We're not going to be as much a power scheme as we've been in the past," Ireland said, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "So his athletic ability and ... quickness and ability to play in space transfers to this scheme probably a lot better than any other scheme."
Ireland tempered those comments by praising the athleticism of Long, who stands at 6-foot-7 and 317 pounds.
"Jake Long can transfer to any scheme, in any offense and any team in the National Football League, in my opinion," Ireland said. "I think the guy is a tremendous athlete. He's quick. He's strong. He can do it."