Long agreed to terms with the Eagles on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Long is fresh off of a Super Bowl win with the Patriots and will bring a veteran presence to Philadelphia's defensive front. He recorded 35 combined tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble in 16 games last season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Long's deal is two years in length, so he will need to show he can still make plays at the age of 32 if he wishes to secure a long-term future with the Eagles beyond the next two seasons.
Long, who is poised to become a free agent, will not return to the Patriots next season, ESPN.com reports. Long, who turns 32 later this month, logged 35 tackles and four sacks in 16 games in his first and final season with New England. By the end of the Patriots' Super Bowl run, Long was utilized as a situational pass rusher and the veteran defensive end will now look to catch on elsewhere this offseason in the hopes of seeing an expanded role in 2017.
Long will sign a one-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. With Chandler Jones being shipped to the Cardinals, the Patriots needed some additional help on the defensive line, so they've opted to sign Long to a one-year deal. Long spent the first eight years of his career with the Rams and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to see meaningful reps come the regular season opener.
Long will take a free agent visit with the Redskins on Tuesday, ESPN's Trey Wingo reports. Long's visit comes after the Redskins released both defensive linemen Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher on Monday. Although Long only managed to play 18 games and post four sacks over the last two seasons, his track record before then makes him a notable free agent that could help fill the Redskins' front-seven vacancies.
Long was released by the Rams on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Once an elite pass-rusher, Long's stock has fallen dramatically over the past couple seasons, finishing 2015 with just three sacks and 19 tackles (nine solo) over 12 games. He'll likely play elsewhere for the first time in his career, but there should be teams willing to give the veteran defensive end a shot given his past track record.