- Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Patriots signed Long to a one-year deal worth close to $2 million.
- Wingo mentions that Long appears to be the replacement for DE Chandler Jones, who was traded to the Cardinals earlier in the day.
Long visited with the Falcons, Redskins Saints and Patriots since becoming available and had a meeting lined up with the Cowboys for Wednesday. However, he won’t be making the trip to Dallas.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Long to a contract won’t factor into the Patriots’ 2017 compensatory picks, so that’s a bonus.
Long, 30, was in the final year of his five-year, $60.31 million contract and was set to make a base salary of $9.75 million for the 2016 season when he was released by the Rams close to a month ago.
In 2015, Long appeared in 12 games and recorded 19 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble for the Rams. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 98 edge defender out of 110 qualifying players.
We had him featured in our Best Available Free Agents list.