2:24pm: It does not appear that Long will be signing with the Giants today, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweets. The tackle is now planning to leave tonight to visit the Broncos.
10:00am: Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long will visit the Giants after completing his visit with the Falcons, a source tells Rand Getlin of NFL.com (on Twitter). Long touched down in Atlanta on Tuesday to take a physical and audition for Atlanta brass.
Long, 30, visited the Giants earlier this offseason and while he didn’t come away with a deal, the door remained open for a signing. The veteran, who spent the past two seasons in St. Louis after spending the first five in Miami, saw time in just seven games for the Rams last season thanks to a torn ACL. There was some talk that Long could play on the right side with 2014 No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson taking his place on the left, but that never came to fruition.
Long has torn his ACL in each of the prior two seasons, playing in just 22 games during that stretch. Last season, Pro Football Focus as (subscription required) ranked him as just the No. 36 tackle out of 84 qualified players. In 2013, however, Long graded out as the seventh-best tackle in the league with a strong 22.5 overall score, based on PFF’s advanced metrics. Yesterday, Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap expressed skepticism that Long will land anywhere, tweeting that a contract would probably have to be heavy on incentives for games played and overall playing time given his health issues.