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Rams give Chris Long “huge” four-year contract extension

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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.

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16 Responses to “Rams give Chris Long “huge” four-year contract extension”
  1. dolfanatik says: Jul 29, 2012 3:44 PM

    Another Long is due. Jake

  2. mullman7675 says: Jul 29, 2012 3:51 PM

    Chris is solid, but he will never reach the level of his old man.

    Howie was not only a great RAIDER, he was one of the best in the NFL in his era.

  3. gunndlewittlebaum says: Jul 29, 2012 3:51 PM

    Long. Huge. Extension. Am I on the right website?

  4. bighowie75 says: Jul 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    Long is turning into a solid, stout lineman and looks to be that for years to come.

  5. thekiller678 says: Jul 29, 2012 4:00 PM

    Not a Rams fan but I do like Howie Long. This kids been getting better every year and finally last year he broke out. Maybe he really can live up to the expectations that were put on him when he was drafted 4 years ago.

  6. scoobaj says: Jul 29, 2012 4:15 PM

    above average player, but it wont help them this year, get ready for an exciting season rams fans, at least til week 4 when you begin thinking bout next year.

  7. purpleguy says: Jul 29, 2012 6:32 PM

    A solid, hard-working good guy should be someone signed to a market rate extension. Huge extensions should go to All-Pros that have actually lived up to expectations shouldn’t they?

  8. Ryan says: Jul 29, 2012 7:30 PM

    Can Chris Long really make more money than Mario Williams through the first 8 years?

  9. mizzouram says: Jul 29, 2012 8:18 PM

    Chris Long is beast. Everyone wondered how the Rams steamrolled the Saints last year. Watch the game. Chris Long is how.

  10. fcoprado says: Jul 29, 2012 8:28 PM

    Great move by Rams VP Kevin Demoff,who handles contract/salary cap for the rams.Now they can concentrate on extending MLB james Lauranittis.

  11. savior72 says: Jul 29, 2012 8:44 PM

    Well this should make future rams fans in some other city happy wherever they end up moving to

  12. backinblack67 says: Jul 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    He is the son of one of the best to ever lace up cleats……great player, well deserved

  13. schmitty2 says: Jul 29, 2012 10:22 PM

    mullman7675 says:
    Jul 29, 2012 3:51 PM
    Chris is solid, but he will never reach the level of his old man.

    Howie was not only a great RAIDER, he was one of the best in the NFL in his era

    Wow, the guy has been in the league 4 years but you must be some some sort of fortune teller. Give him time!!!

  14. maddogg911 says: Jul 30, 2012 1:45 AM

    Great move rams. We have a lot of potential this yr. the rams will be the sleeper team of 2012.

  15. joetoronto says: Jul 30, 2012 5:40 AM

    Great move by the Rams, Howie Jr is worth every penny.

    I love this kid but no, he’s not as good as his dad and he doesn’t have the skill set to be either, but man, what a player.

    He’s a real good one.

  16. rskelley9 says: Jan 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Chris is an elite defensive end. Stats don’t tell the whole story.

    He’s spent most of his career playing in fire zone and 4-3 under man schemes. As a result, he’s had to bring most of the blitz pressure himself on a play-to-play basis, and when the Rams did blitz, he was often tasked with fighting through double teams.

    Long’s sack totals the past couple of seasons are remarkable for his position. But more importantly, his tackle totals–which seem pedestrian compared to five techs like Watt or true 4-3 ends like Tuck– are remarkably high.

    Players like Freeney, who play similar roles on similar defenses don’t bring in those kind of totals. Long’s numbers are strikingly similar to Julius Peppers’, a player lauded as one of the game’s elite.

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