Long helped the Patriots capture Super Bowl LI in his lone season with the organization, but informed the team he wouldn’t return for the 2017 season.
The 32-year-old explained his decision to sign a two-year contract with the Eagles, and thanked Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for the opportunity.
“I feel like I have a lot left, I really do,” Long said, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. “There was a time when I was injured and playing really bad and cut, rightfully so, that I wasn’t sure what my future in football was. But I was really lucky to take that step and for Coach Belichick to take a chance on me, and I found out that I still had a lot in the tank. I didn’t miss a practice, I didn’t miss a game last year, and that was something that I was very proud of, and was able to play and I think at a pretty high level.”
Long played in all 16 games for the Patriots, making seven starts, and recording 35 tackles, four sacks, and a forced fumble.
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