Report: Chris Long signs with Patriots hours after Chandler Jones trade
Longtime Rams defensive end Chris Long has found a new home with the Patriots, who were in the market for a pass rusher after trading Chandler Jones to the Cardinals.
The Patriots, perhaps more than any other organization in the NFL, have an amazing knack for taking players discarded from terrible teams and helping them revive their careers. Last month, in a surprising move, the Rams cut longtime defensive end Chris Long. And now, in a development that should come as a surprise to no one, the Pats have signed Long to a one-year deal, reports ESPN's Trey Wingo.
The Rams parted ways with Long, who will be 31 later this month, because of his hefty contract and recent lack of production -- though most of that can be attributed to injuries. To Long's credit, he took full responsibility in an Instagram post to fans shortly after he was let go.
"Bottom line is this is a production business," he wrote. "No excuses, the last two years have been s---. It's been painful to experience because I care deeply about my performance and responsibility to my teammates."
Meanwhile, Long's addition means the Patriots have a reasonably priced, if short-term, solution along the defensive line; Jones' contract is up after the 2016 season and he will be looking at a substantial pay bump, one the Pats apparently weren't interested in taking on. If Long plays well, he could sign another short-term deal to stay in New England, or, worst case, the team now has 18 months to restock the position.
To recap: The Pats bolster a leaky offensive line, add another second-round pick to their '16 draft haul (they were stripped of their first-rounder because of the Deflategate silliness), and have found a quick fix along the defensive line.
And in that sense, Long really has won the lottery.
Some dreams come true finally made the local news tonight. pic.twitter.com/LmZNouUdoL— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 14, 2016
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