Report: Patriots To Host Chris Long On Free-Agent Visit, Workout Monday

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The New England Patriots will host free-agent defensive end Chris Long on a workout and visit Monday, ESPN’s Trey Wingo reported Sunday night.

Long, 30, was released by the Los Angeles Rams last month. He fought through injuries over the last two seasons, when he had just four sacks in 18 games. Long had 8.5 sacks in 2013, when he played all 16 games. The former second overall draft pick has 54.5 sacks in eight NFL seasons.

Long is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and Milford, Mass., native Howie Long.

The Patriots have pass rushers Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard, Geneo Grissom, Trey Flowers, Rufus Johnson and Eric Martin on their roster. It’s unclear how Long would fit into the Patriots’ plans if he’s signed. Jones, Ninkovich and Sheard will be free agents after the 2016 season.

Thumbnail photo via Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Dec 11, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) looks up during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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