Long announced his retirement from the NFL via Twitter on Saturday.
Long has made it clear throughout the offseason he was contemplating hanging up his cleats, as he even agreed to have the date for his $1 million roster bonus pushed back to the first day of training camp. The 34-year-old finishes his career with a pair of Super Bowl rings, 332 tackles, 70 sacks and 15 forced fumbles across 11 seasons with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles.
Long agreed to move his $1 million roster bonus to the first day of training camp as he continues to contemplate retirement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
This move effectively puts a deadline in place for Long to make a decision on his future in football. After racking up 6.5 sacks as a 33-year-old in 2018, Long proved he still has some usefulness 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.
Long agreed to restructure his contract with the Eagles, but he hasn't made a decision on continuing his football career, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Long was reportedly due a roster bonus, but he didn't feel comfortable accepting it until he decided on whether he'll play in 2019, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. 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 generated 23 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles over 16 games for the Eagles in 2018.
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 largely is 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 for a strip-sack on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The veteran is now up to 6.5 sacks on the season, and he'll have reasonable upside as an IDP option during the Eagles' Week 17 matchup with a Redskins team that has endured a long list of injuries to its offensive line.
Long recorded a sack in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Giants.
Long's sack came early in the fourth quarter and was his only tackle of the afternoon. The 33-year-old has 19 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble through 11 games, and should continue to serve in a rotational role at defensive end.
Long recorded three tackles and half of a sack during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.
Long now has 2.5 sacks over the last two weeks, but he's rarely in a position to make many tackles -- Long has tallied more than two tackles in two of nine games in 2018 -- making him someone who can be forgot about in just about every IDP format.
Long recorded two sacks across 40 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
Long made his presence felt across the pond, taking down an opposing quarterback for the first time since Week 1. He continues to play a rotational role on the defensive line, splitting reps with Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett -- which does end up diminishing his IDP value at times.
Long recorded four tackles (one solo), 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in Thursday's 18-12 win over Atlanta.
Long sacked Matt Ryan and forced a fumble that would kill a fourth-quarter Atlanta drive while the Falcons led by two. The 33-year-old had another sack called back by a Derek Barnett penalty. The Virginia product played 39 snaps -- the least of the core defensive lineman -- but just seven fewer than the night's pacesetter, Fletcher Cox. The Eagles have an inviting matchup with the Buccaneers at home in Week 2.
Long has yet to decide whether he will play during the 2018 season, NFL.com reports.
The Eagles reportedly offered Long, who is currently under contract through 2018, a one-year extension that would bump his salary from $1 million in base pay to $4 million guaranteed The soon-to-be 33-year-old has yet to accept or decline the offer and presumably won't take action on that front until he determines his future in the sport. Long was serviceable in a rotational role at defensive end last season, notching 20 tackles and five sacks across 495 defensive snaps.
Long recorded two solo tackles, one sack and one forced fumble Sunday against the Rams.
Sunday was the third time this season that Long posted a sack and a forced fumble in the same game. However, he logged a season-low 18 defensive snaps Sunday, so the performance could be considered an outlier. Long's erratic production keeps him off the fantasy radar, except in the deepest of IDP formats.
Long (foot) is active for Thursday's game against the Panthers, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Long was limited in practice this week due to a foot injury but will take the field Thursday night nonetheless. The veteran defensive end has been averaging a little less than 25 defensive snaps per game, and that number could shrink Thursday should the Eagles decide to limit his playing time.
Long is nursing a foot injury and was limited during Tuesday's practice.
Long, who was also limited in the Eagles' first practice of the week Monday, likely picked up the injury in the team's victory over the Cardinals on Sunday. The veteran defensive end has accrued two sacks through the Eagles' first five games, but his standing as a rotational player limits his IDP ceiling, as his role inhibits his ability to rack up tackles.
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 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 will take a free agent visit with the Redskins on Tuesday, ESPN's Trey Wingo reports.
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.
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.
Long (knee) is active for Sunday's game at Baltimore.
Long will be playing for the first time since Week 5, and the Rams are surely happy to have him back with Robert Quinn out for this game.