Long agreed to move his $1 million roster bonus to the first day of training camp as he continues contemplating retirement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
This move effectively puts a deadline for Long to make a decision on the future of his playing career. After racking up 6.5 sacks as a 33-year-old last year, he can still be a worthwhile contributor when used primarily as a rotational pass rusher.
Long remains undecided about his NFL future, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
The 34-year-old defensive end turned down a roster bonus in March, allowing him more time to make a decision on retirement. Long showed he still has something left with 6.5 sacks in 2018, but he now seems to have some concerns about his role and/or compensation. The Eagles are in a good position to withstand the potential loss, considering they have Derek Barnett (shoulder), Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry at defensive end, while defensive tackles Fletcher Cox (foot) and Malik Jackson provide a strong pass rush inside.
The new contract terms will save the Eagles some cap space if Long does decide to play another season. He'll celebrate his 34th birthday in late March, coming off a 2018 campaign with 23 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 16 games (612 snaps). The Eagles could use another season from Long after trading fellow defensive end Michael Bennett to the Patriots.
Long continues to look like a great find for Philly since the team brought the then-32-year-old over from New England prior to the 2017 season. Playing in a rotational role behind a number of other talented defensive linemen, Long is largely able to focus on rushing the passer and, in turn, has racked up more combined sacks over the previous two seasons than he had in any two-season stretch since his prime days with the Rams. The 2008 first-rounder remains under contract with the Eagles through the 2019 campaign.
Long notched two sacks and a forced fumble during Sunday's victory over Houston.
Long made his presence felt despite continuing to play in a situational role behind Michael Bennett and Brandon Graham, most notably combining with Graham to force strip-sack on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The veteran is now up to 6.5 sacks on the season and will have reasonable upside as a fantasy prospect during the Eagles' Week 17 matchup with a Redskins team that has endured a long list of injuries to its offensive line.
|2008||St. Louis Rams||16||40||32.0||8||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||St. Louis Rams||16||43||33.0||10||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||29||26.0||3||8.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||16||37||31.0||6||13||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||33||25.0||8||11.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||40||33.0||7||8.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||6||5||5.0||0||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||12||19||9.0||10||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||35||22.0||13||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2008||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||1||0||1||2||1||0|
|2009||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||3||0||1||0||1||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||1||0||2||45||2||1|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||6||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New England Patriots||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|