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Chris Long Announces Plans To Move On From Patriots In Free Agency

Patriots free agent DE Chris Long announced via his Instagram account that he plans to sign elsewhere this offseason and seek a larger role with another team.

Thank you Pats Nation. As a player you’ve given so much support to, I owe you an explanation as to why I’ll be moving on in FA… even if it isn’t a big deal.

This year and this opportunity gave me a ton. I made lifelong friends in a great locker room and became a champion. I’m so thankful that Coach B (the GOAT) took a chance on me and allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in this wonderful year.

This has zero to do with money, etc. It’s the right move in my heart because I want to get back to being the player I was before. I’m thankful for my role this year, but as a competitor, I’m itching to do what I do best.

It was important to say thank you personally. You may not remember me much, but I’ll always remember y’all!! #driveforfive #missionaccomplished

Long, 31, is a former No. 2 overall pick of the Rams back in 2008. He spent eight years in St. Louis before he ws cut last year and later signed a one-year contract with the Patriots.

In 2016, Long appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots and recorded 35 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 59 edge defender out of 109 qualifying players.