Free Agency 2016

Report: Chris Long To Sign A One-Year Deal With Patriots

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On the day that the New England Patriots dealt defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals, they found his replacement in free agency.

The Pats have reportedly inked free agent defensive end Chris Long to a one-year deal.

Long was a former second-overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2008 and had just four sacks combined in the last two years after missing 14 games.  He was released shortly after the season ended along with linebacker James Laurenitis and tight end Jared Cook to clear cap space.

New England is hoping that the soon-to-be 31-year old will find the proverbial fountain of youth from 2011-2012 where he combined for 24.5 sacks.

If anyone expects Long to be as effective as Chandler Jones, who had 12.5 sacks last year, it’s very unrealistic.  Long is more of a left end at this point in his career.

 


About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.