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Jake Long reportedly will leave Rams without contract

Amid reports the Miami Dolphins are making a "strong push" to re-sign Jake Long, the free-agent bookend tackle is reportedly scheduled to be on his way out of St. Louis.

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Citing league sources, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Long's three-day visit with the St. Louis Rams will come to an end Friday afternoon minus a deal in place. Sources told Thomas the Rams have competition, with "multiple teams" showing interest in the four-time Pro Bowl selection.

With Miami signing weapons on both sides of the ball, the Dolphins -- reportedly with $17 million in cap space after signing tight end Dustin Keller -- can still make a push to re-sign Long. The Rams reportedly were "hammering out a deal" with the tackle, but that process grew lengthy, partly because of Long's injury history. How much do you fork over to a player with a trail of back, shoulder, biceps, triceps and knee maladies?

Long was cleared medically by the Rams, but the Dolphins haven't given up on re-signing him, and likely can come closer than the competition to the reported $11 million per year being sought by the tackle.

With St. Louis having burned through the first three days of free agency in hopes of landing Long, they now watch as the lineman exits on a jet. This should get interesting.

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