“I didn’t retire I got fired. I will know with conviction whether I’m done for good or not in the next few weeks. Full transparency I miss football but at what cost. I’m most likely gonna be on golf courses instead of gridiron’s,” Long wrote.
According to Long, the Bears’ coaching staff made it clear to him that he “wasn’t the same guy” during halftime of their game against the Raiders last year.
Long explained that if he wanted to play again for the Bears again, it would need to be under a new coaching staff. However, he understands why they opted to release him this offseason.
“I have supported this staff and the roster in the media since being released. Believe in the team and the coaches. But that doesn’t mean I would want to play for them,” Long writes.
A report surfaced a few weeks ago that the Jets had contacted Long, but he later said there was no truth to it.
Long, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2013. He agreed to a restructured contract this last February after missing half the 2018 season which eliminated the 2021 year of Long’s contract, made 2020 a team option and turned $2.5 million of his base salary into incentives.
Long became an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
In 2019, Long was limited to appearing in four games for the Bears, making four starts for them.
We’ll have more regarding Long as the news is available.