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Draft Scout Chris Long News
03/16/16 - DE Chris Long, who had his contract terminated by the Rams xxxx, agreed to terms with the Patriots Tuesday (March 15).
03/14/16 - DE Chris Long, who was released by the Rams last month, was visiting with the Patriots on Monday (March 14). Long has played his entire career with the Rams, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2008.
Long, who turns 31 this month, was limited to 18 total games the past two seasons because of injuries. The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, Chris Long played in 114 games with 54.5 sacks in St. Louis.
Long is expected to visit with the Cowboys this week. He has already met with the Falcons and Redskins.
02/19/16 - Three major cuts left the St. Louis Rams without some of the star power they were bringing to Los Angeles, with DE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis and TE Jared Cook released Friday (Feb. 19).
Combined, the trio was scheduled to earn $22.525 million in base salary.
"This is the time of year when all NFL teams are faced with difficult decisions regarding their veteran players," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "Chris and James are the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league and it's been an honor to coach them both. They've been the pillars of our defense for many years and not enough can be said of their love for the game and for their teammates. Beyond the field, they took pride in mentoring the younger players and doing their part to make a real difference in the St. Louis community. We will always be grateful for James and Chris' unselfish commitment to the Rams and wish them the best moving forward."
Long was the team's highest-paid player and he had not performed up to his scheduled 2016 cap figure of $14.25 million. Injuries limited him to 18 total games the past two seasons. He was a captain and arguably the most respected player in the locker room on defense. Long was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft.
The son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, Chris Long started 95 games with 54.5 sacks in St. Louis. His release saves the Rams $11.75 million against the cap.
Laurinaitis, 30, was also a team leader but releasing him saves $5.5 million against the 2016 cap. The Rams have two younger linebackers in Mark Barron, moved last season from safety, and Alec Ogletree, who is coming back from a season-ending injury in 2015.
Cook signed a five-year, $35.1 million deal in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans that included a cap charge of $8.3 million for 2016. Releasing him saves the team $5.7 million.
11/24/15 - DE Chris Long returned after missing four games because of a fractured bone in his knee and played 35 snaps (45.5 percent) against the Ravens. Long had just one tackle in the game, but was credited with three pressures by the coaches.
11/22/15 - DE Chris Long was back in the lineup after missing the past four games with a knee injury. He was admittedly rusty against the Baltimore Ravens. "I can't wait to hopefully play up to my standards and next week help us win because today I just sucked," Long said.