When will the New York Giants sign offensive tackle Jake Long? That question has been asked again and again on Twitter and in comments here at Big Blue View ever since last week when the Giants lost starting left tackle Will Beatty for roughly six months with a torn pectoral muscle.
Well ... maybe an answer to that question is coming.
Sources say free-agent OT Jake Long visited the Giants today. Obviously interesting light of Beatty injury.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) May 29, 2015
Long is a four-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro left tackle. There is a solid reason, however, why the 30-year-old is available on the free-agent market. He has torn the ACL in his right knee in each of the last two seasons, the last tear coming in October of 2014. He played only seven games for the St. Louis Rams last season.
There are serious questions about whether or not Long's knee can still withstand the rigors of the NFL. In their current situation, though, with a rookie at left tackle, a journeyman swing tackle on the right side and no proven depth behind them the Giants likely felt they had to get a look at Long's knee for themselves. One thing to note is that Long has always played left tackle, and you have to think he will look for a situation that allows him to stay at that spot.
The fact that they had Long in for a visit does not mean the Giants will sign him. The situation does, however, bear watching.