- James Walker, ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter
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The Miami Dolphins lost one of their franchise centerpieces in free agency Monday. Left tackle and former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long left Miami for the St. Louis Rams with a four-year, $35 million contract.
Long's departure marks the end of an era in Miami. He had five years and four Pro Bowls for the Dolphins. But now it is time to move on.
Who will replace Long in Miami? There are several options for the Dolphins.
Will Miami look to free agency? There are still available offensive tackles such as Eric Winston, Sebastian Vollmer and Andre Smith. The Dolphins still have money to spend to add a veteran offensive tackle.
What about the NFL draft? The Dolphins hold the No. 12 overall pick, and five selections in the first three rounds. Offensive tackle is one position the team could fill.
Finally, will Miami look in-house? The Dolphins have 2012 second-round pick Jonathan Martin, who started at right tackle most of last season. Martin played left tackle in college and filled in for Long at the end of the season with mixed results.
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The Miami Dolphins lost one of their franchise centerpieces in free agency Monday. Left tackle and former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long left Miami for the St.