The Rams have locked up defensive end Chris Long for the prime years of his career.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Rams have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with Long. Although the specific terms aren’t yet available, Glazer refers to the contract as “huge.”
The 27-year-old Long was the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, and in the days before the rookie wage scale, he signed a six-year $56.5 million contract with $29 million guaranteed. Another huge deal will ensure that Long is among the highest-earning defensive linemen in NFL history through his first eight years in the league.
And the Rams obviously think he’s worth it: Long has played in all 16 games in every one of his NFL seasons, and last year he came on strong with by far his best season to date, recording 13 sacks and becoming one of the few bright spots on an otherwise bad Rams team. Now the Rams can be sure they have that bright spot on their defense for another four years.
UPDATE: The Rams have announced that Long signed a four-year deal.