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Chris Long | Defensive Lineman | #56

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/28/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 270
College: Virginia
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (2) / LAR
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SiriusXM's Adam Caplan reports DE Chris Long told the Eagles he will play in 2018.
Long reportedly considered retirement, but he will be back after the Eagles guaranteed his salary last week. Assuming Michael Bennett is able to play, Long might have to accept a smaller role moving forward. Mar 26 - 1:00 PM

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Eagles restructured DE Chris Long's contract.

Philly guaranteed Long a $2.5 million base salary, up from the $1 million he was owed, and eliminated $1.5 million in roster bonuses and incentives. Long is reportedly considering retirement, but guaranteeing his salary could convince him to return for another season.
Mar 22 - 11:19 AM

NFL Network's Mike Silver reports Eagles DE Chris Long is mulling over a "football decision" whether to return to the team.

The Eagles have offered Long a raise to return, but he is having second thoughts and questioning his role after the Eagles added Michael Bennett to the mix. Long saw most of his action on third downs and pass-rush packages last season, but moving forward the defensive line figures to consist of Bennett, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Derek Barnett in those situations. Long turns 33 next week and has won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Patriots and Eagles.
Mar 21 - 2:38 PM

Eagles signed DE Chris Long, formerly of the Patriots, to a two-year contract.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Long will make close to the $2.4 million he earned with the Patriots last season. The Eagles have plenty of talent along the defensive line, but Long is a solid addition both as a situational pass rusher and locker-room asset. 32 today, Long recorded four sacks during his one year in New England.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 11:46:00 AM

Free agent DE Chris Long announced that he won't be re-signing with the Patriots.

It doesn't sound like there's any bad blood between the two sides, but Long "want(s) to get back to being the player I was before" and play a bigger role on his next team. An every-down player with the Rams the first eight years of his career, Long took a back seat in New England, playing just 15 snaps in the Super Bowl as a situational pass rusher. Turning 32 later this month, Long probably doesn't have more than a year or two left.
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Patriots signed DE Chris Long, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract.

It made too much sense after the Patriots shipped RE Chandler Jones to the Cardinals via trade on Tuesday. Long will step in and fill the roster void, though we're not going to ink him into a starting spot just yet. Long hasn't put much good tape on film the past two years as he's battled injuries, and he turns 31 later this month. Still, it's a fine landing spot for Long, who's determined to breathe life back into his career. Long has 54.5 career sacks in 114 games.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 09:20:00 PM

Free agent DE Chris Long has left his Patriots visit without a contract, and will visit the Cowboys on Tuesday evening.

Chandler Jones' trade has created an opening for Long in Boston, but the Pats aren't offering the right price. The Cowboys have a pretty big need for an edge rusher, and could be more willing to play financial ball with the ex-Ram.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 04:11:00 PM

The Patriots will host free agent DE Chris Long on Monday.

Per ESPN's Trey Wingo, the Pats will also put Long through a workout, which isn't necessarily typical of free agent visits. The Patriots likely want to see what Long has left. Long is only 31 years old, but he has just three sacks over his last 16 games. He'd likely be a situational pass rusher in Foxboro.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 11:18:00 PM

The Providence Journal reports the Patriots are showing interest in free agent DE Chris Long.

He visited the Falcons on Thursday and is also believed to have a visit set up with the Cowboys. Long has visited the Redskins, as well. The seriousness of Long's Patriots interest is unclear. They're unlikely to offer him much money, but could obviously offer 31-year-old long a chance at a Super Bowl ring.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 02:39:00 PM

ESPN's Trey Wingo reports free agent DE Chris Long will visit the Falcons on Thursday.

Long has also visited the Redskins and will reportedly visit the Cowboys. The Falcons have the fewest sacks in the NFL over the last three seasons, but Long has just 12.5 sacks total himself over that span. Long could be a good edge-setting option opposite Vic Beasley, but he is not going to solve the Falcons' pass-rushing woes.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 09:02:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent DE Chris Long will visit the Cowboys.

Long is making the NFC East rounds after visiting the Redskins earlier this week. He'd be a much better fit in Dallas where DC Rod Marinelli runs a 4-3 scheme that Long has played in his entire career. With DE Randy Gregory suspended and RE Greg Hardy likely done in Dallas, Long could find his way into a starting job with the Cowboys opposite Demarcus Lawrence.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 09:32:00 AM

The Redskins will host DE Chris Long for a free agent visit on Tuesday.

Long has spent his entire career as a 4-3 left defensive end. He would likely move to outside linebacker in Washington's 3-4 scheme. Long has managed just three sacks over his last 16 games, but he has encountered a ton of bad injury luck. Turning 31 later this month, Long could bring leadership to D.C. and add some juice to the Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan-Preston Smith OLB rotation.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 11:19:00 AM

According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, free agent DE Chris Long "only wants to sign with a Super Bowl contender."

Long has already inked two monster NFL contracts, landing a six-year, $56.5 million deal pre-rookie wage scale before signing a four-year, $50 million extension in July of 2012. He shouldn't need much more money. Russini reports Long is "100 percent" healthy after a knee injury ruined his 2015 season.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 01:26:00 PM

The MMQB's Peter King reports free agent DE Chris Long will be "pursued aggressively by contenders."

King reports Long is already receiving interest, but he may take his time in making a decision. Going on 31, Long has struggled through injuries the last two seasons and has not recorded double-digit sacks since 2012. He could be useful to a contender as a situational rusher, but he is not going to command big money on the open market.
Source: MMQB
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 11:43:00 AM

Rams released DE Chris Long.

The Rams saved about $23 million by cutting Long, James Laurinaitis and Jared Cook on Friday, and now have more than $50 million available. That should give Los Angeles more than enough to re-sign CBs Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins. Long probably saw this one coming after losing playing time to William Hayes at left end in 2015. Injuries have limited the former No. 2 pick to just 18 games over the last two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Feb 19, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Brandon Graham
2Michael Bennett
3Derek Barnett
4Chris Long
DT1Fletcher Cox
2Timmy Jernigan
3Haloti Ngata
4Destiny Vaeao
5Elijah Qualls
MLB1Jordan Hicks
2Paul Worrilow
3Joe Walker
WLB1Nigel Bradham
2Corey Nelson
3Nate Gerry
SLB1Mychal Kendricks
2Kamu Grugier-Hill
CB1Ronald Darby
2Jalen Mills
3Rasul Douglas
4Sidney Jones
5Randall Goforth
FS1Rodney McLeod
2Chris Maragos
SS1Malcolm Jenkins
2Tre Sullivan
P1Cam Johnston