Eagles DE Chris Long remains on the fence about whether to play another season.
“I’m pretty undecided, but from the looks of things they’re going to make it hard for me in my favorite city,” Long tells USA Today’s Jarrett Bell. “We’ll see. In March, I really wanted to play. Now, I don’t know.”
The Eagles would like to bring Long back to augment their current group of pass rushers. Long, though, sounds like he’s weighing the physical cost of playing another season.
“I definitely am not feeling like going to OTAs,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. If there’s any place that will make you try to do it again, it’s Philly. But it’s tough.”
Long is due $5.5 million in salary and a roster bonus, leading some to speculate the Eagles could ask him to take a pay cut. However, Long tweeted that was not a factor in his decision.
My football decision has nothing to do with money. Nothing I’ve indicated would lead someone to believe that. Plenty of quotes out there on role being a driver for me… but here I am being redundant. pic.twitter.com/HUf6PTsPxR
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) April 23, 2019
Long restructured his contract in March to move his roster bonus to after the draft. Long did not feel comfortable taking it since he had not made a decision about if he would play in 2019.
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 and later signed a one-year contract with the Patriots.
The Eagles signed Long to a two-year contract in 2018 and he made a base salary of $2.5 million for the 2018 season.
In 2018, Long appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles, recording 23 total tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.