Offensive tackle Jake Long agreed to a four-year, $36-million contract with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday night. The Rams were in desperate need of an upgrade in their pass-protection, as quarterback Sam Bradford has been sacked 71 times in his last 26 games. Long has been one of the top tackles in football since being drafted #1-overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. During a visit with the Rams last week, he passed a physical that cleared up any concerns of lingering effects from triceps surgery.
This signing could also help speed up the process with arguably the best offensive lineman on the market this offseason in Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith. The only competition Smith now has on the market is New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer and the recently released Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Winston. Expect to see contract negotiations with Smith to intensify and a new deal to be reached early this week.