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.
Chris Long was released by the Los Angeles 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.
Long will be playing for the first time since Week 5. The
Chris Long (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Baltimore, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
Despite logging full practices throughout the week, Long apparently isn't a sure thing to suit up, as he hasn't played in a game since Week 5. Though he's no longer worthy of IDP consideration, the St. Louis Rams would surely appreciate Long's return, especially with Robert Quinn (hip) also listed as questionable.