Dolphins Decide Top Pick

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MIAMI -- There will be no suspense Saturday when it comes to
the identity of the NFL's top draft pick. Miami has the Number-1
choice because of last season's 1-and-15 record and the Dolphins
have announced they've signed Michigan tackle Jake Long to a
multiyear contract.
The Dolphins were interested in dealing the top pick, but no
trading partner surfaced, so they decided to sign Long and avoid a
possible holdout. Last year's top pick, JaMarcus Russell, missed
all of training camp before signing a 61 million dollar contract
with the Oakland Raiders.
The new Miami regime led by Bill Parcells began negotiations
last week with Long's agent, Tom Condon. Offensive line is
considered the biggest need for the Dolphins. New Miami coach Tony
Sparano coached the offensive line with the Dallas Cowboys before
taking the Dolphins' job.

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