Chris Long’s Instagram Post Had Me Close to Tears

Philip Tor | Pats Militia

Thank you Pats Nation. As a player you've given so much support to, I owe you an explanation as to why I'll be moving on in FA… even if it isn't a big deal. This year and this opportunity gave me a ton. I made lifelong friends in a great locker room and became a champion. I'm so thankful that Coach B (the GOAT) took a chance on me and allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in this wonderful year. This has zero to do with money, etc. It's the right move in my heart because I want to get back to being the player I was before. I'm thankful for my role this year, but as a competitor, I'm itching to do what I do best. It was important to say thank you personally. You may not remember me much, but I'll always remember y'all!! #driveforfive #missionaccomplished

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To sum it all up for you guys, Chris Long will not re-sign with the Patriots this offseason. It was expected he might move to another team, but the Patriots had not specified if they would try and re-sign him. Long was a tremendous free agent pick up for the Patriots, giving them a veteran presence on the defensive line after the Chandler Jones trade. Once Jamie Collins was shipped off to Cleveland Long stepped up big time taking on much of Collin’s pass rushing role.

Although it was great to have a guy like Chris Long on the team, I completely understand why he is leaving. He is going to be 32 next year, and a 9 year NFL veteran, so why waste his career as a rotation guy. Long only started in 7 of the Patriots regular season games, and took a backseat to guys like Ninkovich, Collins, Hightower, and Jabaal Sheard. If I was entering my 10th NFL season, I would want what Chris wants, which is money and playing time (both of which the Patriots will not give him).

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Long wants to be the guy. He wants a starting role on a team that can he can help win. I don’t know if that means he felt as if he wasn’t contributing in New England or if he just simply wants to play more. If he does just want to play, New England is not the place for him. Belichick has always preached the “team above self” motto in New England, and has shipped away anyone who disagrees with him, much like the Jamie Collins situation.

Long was a highly touted prospect coming out of college. So much so that he was drafted #2 overall by the St. Louis Rams in 2008. After a slow start to his career, Chris had his two best season in 2011 and 2012, sacking the quarterback 13 and 11.5 times, respectively. He was headed in the right direction until an ankle injury in 2014 ended his streak of 97 straight games played. He battled injuries his next two seasons before being cut by the Rams at the end of the 2015 season. The patriots swooped in on the veteran and signed him to a one year deal worth $1.5 million to help fill the void left by the Chandler Jones trade, which took place just days before.

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I am going to miss Chris Long. He was a great role player for the Patriots, but also brought some life to the team. His Twitter game is an A+ and a must follow for any NFL fan. Even though he will be missed, he’s leaving New England a champion and a fan favorite. Hopefully big things are coming for him as he tries to rebuild his career that seemed to fall off the tracks a little bit in his last few years with the Rams.

We’re going to miss you here in New England Chris, and Pats Militia wishes you the best of luck in the future. ‘

We’re on to 2017. Go Pats