And to put a bow on it, DE Chris Long has agreed to terms with the Eagles, source says.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 28, 2017
The then-St. Louis Rams drafted Long with the #2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft in the midst of the worst five-year stretch of football NFL history. Long helped catapult the Rams out of those depths with 58.5 sacks in his eight years with the Rams including his 2011-12 back-to-back run where he piled up 24.5 sacks.
The Rams released Long outright last February. He would go on to sign with the New England Patriots in March. In memorable fashion, Long would collect a Super Bowl ring as the Patriots won Super Bowl LI.
As a rotational lineman in 2016, Long put up four sacks with a forced fumble last year. At 32-years old as of today, there’s fair question as to how much he’ll be able to contribute moving forward. If nothing else, the Eagles just got themselves a hell of a locker room presence.
Best of luck to Chris in Philly.
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