Report: Chris Long hearing from contenders, may not sign quickly

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The Rams cut three veterans on Friday as they began remaking their roster for the 2016 season, including defensive end Chris Long.

The second overall pick of the 2008 draft has been limited to 18 games over the last two seasons because of injuries and has seen his production drop when he has been able to be on the field, which led him to make a blunt and accurate statement of his lack of success in a “production business.” Picking up just four sacks in the last two years doesn’t appear to be chilling interest in his services around the league, however.

Peter King of reports that Long has already started hearing from contending teams and he expects Long will be “pursued aggressively” by those clubs in the near future. King adds that Long may not be picking a team quickly, however, because his wife is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in the next few weeks.

If that’s the case, Long won’t be able to take full advantage on his head start hitting the open market and teams will have less money to spend if the delay stretches too far into the new league year. It could help him find a better fit as he tries to bounce back from two years that, by his own assessment, “have been s—.”

23 responses to “Report: Chris Long hearing from contenders, may not sign quickly

  1. I would love to see him add about 15 lbs., and play 3-4DE for the Bears. If I remember correctly, he was around 280-285 in college, playing in a 3-4 under Al Groh.

    They don’t need him to get 12 sacks, but he can play the run, and beat 1 on 1 matchups when he gets them to keep the QB from stepping up in the pocket. Justin Smith made a conversion to a 3-4 after 5 years in Cincy, and was about the same size as Long is now. (6’4, 275).

    The Bears need bodies on the DL. Mitch Umrein was playing significant minutes towards the end of the year. That is not a good thing for your defense.

  2. I like Long Guy has heart and a tough kid. He jacked up his ankle and his production went down. Hopefully it’s going to be fully healed so he can create havoc once again. Birth of a child is nonreasonnfor a long delay. He will be fine once the baby is born and his wife is ok.

  3. Besides, it’s just his agent drumming up business before they all go to the combine all the GMs and agents get together. He will be on a team before the draft.

  4. For all of you with horrible reading comprehension skills. Hearing from contenders = contenders for his services. Not that he will only play for a super bowl contender.

  5. mikebel11 says:
    Feb 22, 2016 11:21 AM
    For all of you with horrible reading comprehension skills. Hearing from contenders = contenders for his services. Not that he will only play for a super bowl contender.


    Hearing from contenders can also mean that he is hearing from teams that are seen as contenders to make the playoffs. It does not say that is all he is listening to, but instead it is a release from his agent to increase interest in a free agent. The “waiting a few weeks” to make a decision because of his wife having a baby is another great excuse for why he hasn’t signed with anyone, rather than a lack of interest in his services.

    “No, I’m not going to prom. I have a girlfriend. She lives in Canada, so you’ve never met her…”

  6. ctiggs says:

    come on Niners
    It said “contenders.” He’ll end up in Seattle.

  7. Steelerben

    Please take a 5th grade reading comp class. You are not able to comprehend the written language of English.
    See mikebell for starters yeah I know you responded to his but your comprehension is lacking. Contending for services is what it means not SB contenders. Please take the course in 5th grade comp you need the help.

  8. Some of the teams that normally shy away from free agents (Green Bay & Baltimore in particular) shouldn’t be ruled out for the recent cuts (probably not Long since he doesn’t fit either scheme, but the others are a possibility).

    The reason for that is since these guys were cut, they do not factor into the formula for compensation for signing/losing free agents. That played a part in Green Bay signing Julius Peppers after he was released from the Bears. His signing did not negatively impact the draft pick compensation formula.

  9. Follow your roots and sign with the Raiders! Long would have fun playing with Mack, Mario Edwards, etc., join a team on the rise! Plus his little bro works in the front office..

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