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Hours after the Patriots made a big trade shipping Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the team signed a defensive end to help the pass rush. Former ST. Louis Rams DE Chris Long signed a one-year deal Tuesday night with the New England Patriots. Long the son of pro football Hall-of-Famer and Charlestown, Massachusetts’ own Howie Long is excited to come to Boston.
This is an opportunity and I am so thankful!!! Whatever it takes!!! See you soon Boston. GO PATS 👊🏻
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 16, 2016
Long was one of the premier defensive linemen in the league from 2010-2013. The last two years injuries have slowed him down, perhaps a part time pass rushing role with the Patriots will bring him back to form. Long is familiar with Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly who held the same position in St Louis from 2009-2011.
With the signing of Long, the Patriots look to have a nice rotation at the defensive end position with Rob Ninkovich, Geneo Grissom, Jabaal Sheard, and Trey Flowers. It was a productive day for the Patriots as they traded Jones and saved around $5 million in salary cap space. In return, they acquired a young guard with something to prove, a veteran defensive and who want to win and a draft pick that will help them negotiate the draft board.
Chris Long said he wanted to sign with a winner, kept his word and will look to help the Patriots raise another championship banner.