Chris Long finally has some closure after leaving the New England Patriots to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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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