On Saturday, Eagles DE Chris Long announced via his Twitter account that he’s retiring from the NFL.
Cheers. Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. Highs and lows. I’ve seen them both and I appreciate the perspective. Gratitude and love to those who lifted me up. pic.twitter.com/Ap8zi73Ifl
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 19, 2019
Here’s the response from the Eagles:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 19, 2019
The Eagles recently agreed to push back a $1 million roster bonus due to Long until the first day veterans are scheduled to report to training camp. However, he was reportedly on the fence about whether or not to return.
“I’m pretty undecided, but from the looks of things they’re going to make it hard for me in my favorite city,” Long told USA Today’s Jarrett Bell a few weeks ago. “We’ll see. In March, I really wanted to play. Now, I don’t know.”
Long, 34, is a former No. 2 overall pick of the Rams back in 2008. He spent eight years with the Rams before he was cut loose in 2016.
Long signed a one-year contract with the Patriots and later agreed to a two-year deal with the Eagles in 2018. He made a base salary of $2.5 million for the 2018 season.
For his career, Long recorded 333 tackles, 70 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, six recoveries, a defensive touchdown, and 10 pass defenses over the course of 11 seasons and 162 games played.