According to reports: Jake Long declined to sign an injury waiver and therefore the Baltimore Ravens will not be adding him to the roster.
The Baltimore Ravens were hoping to add some depth to their offensive line with the addition of Jake Long. Long failed his physical and the Ravens decided to step away from the veteran tackle.
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Long is a perfect example of the brutality of the NFL. He has suffered a litany of career hindering injuries. Long has suffered a torn bicep and back to back years tearing his ACL. Long looked like he was going to go down as one of the best tackles of all time, before every imaginable injury found him.
Long would have been nothing more than a plan B. He wasn’t pegged to be a starter and the Ravens didn’t expect him to be his former Pro Bowl self. Long was just a contingency plan at the left tackle position.
Bringing him in just to get hurt again was not something the Ravens were all that excited about. While Long wasn’t set to make a lot of money, the Ravens decided to be cautious. You cannot fault the Ravens for this. While it would have been good to have Long on the team, you can’t miss what you never really had.
The Ravens are obviously worried about depth on the offensive line. The Ravens don’t have a great plan B at the all important left tackle position. The Ravens are basically betting on Ronnie Stanley and all their chips are in the pot. That’s why they wanted a proven tackle like Long.
The Ravens offensive line looks strong for the most part. John Urschel should replace Kelechi Osemele. Jeremy Zuttah and Rick Wagner are reliable. Marshall Yanda is a living legend. The worry really is the depth.
The Ravens now have Vald Ducasse, Alex Lewis and Ryan Jensen as back ups. All three of the Ravens reserves are better suited for the guard position and could be a liability at left tackle. If Stanley stays healthy and performs well than this will be a forgotten conversation. If Stanley struggles or gets hurt, the Ravens would have a really interesting problem to solve.