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 campaign in which he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to open the season as a starter.
Long's visit comes after the Redskins declared their intentions to move on from 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.