Long has dealt with an injury this season that has also hampered his performance, so going on injured reserve makes sense for both sides.
Long, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2013. He’s in the fourth year of his six-year, $50.358 million contract that included $30 million and stands to make a base salary of $6.9 million for the 2019 season.
Long agreed to a restructured contract this past February after missing half the 2018 season. The Bears eliminated the 2021 year of his contract, made 2020 a team option and turned $2.5 million of his base salary into incentives.
Long has started all four games he’s played in for the Bears this season. Pro Football Focus has Long rated as the No. 66 guard out of 69 qualifying players.