– Rams COO Kevin Demoff spent about 30 minutes in a dunk tank Sunday afternoon but before he went out and willingly dropped in the water, he completed one very important order of business: he struck an agreement with his father, agent Marvin Demoff on a four-year contract extension with DE Chris Long.
– Long is considered one of the team’s long term building blocks after a breakthrough 2011 season in which he posted a career high 13 sacks, which ranked seventh in the NFL. Terms of the deal were not immediately available but it’s expected that Long will sign the deal this afternoon.
– It is expected that this extension will kick in next season, essentially leaving Long with five more years under contract with the team including the 2012 season.
– In retaining Long, the Rams keep one of their cornerstone players and one of the league’s most effective pass rushers. In each of his four seasons in the league, Long has improved his sack total including last season’s outburst. All told, Long led the Rams in sacks, quarterback pressures (15) and quarterback hits (16) in 2011.
– The Rams had maintained they’d hoped to get something done with Long before camp opened and certainly before he could become a free agent at the end of the season. They took care of that on Sunday.
– In a chat here on stlouisrams.com on Friday, GM Les Snead made it clear that negotiations with Long and MLB James Laurinaitis were “on pace.” Apparently, they were closer to being done than anyone could’ve known.
– Laurinaitis is next up and it’s believed the Rams have made significant progress with their other key building block on defense as well. Stay tuned for more on that.
– I’ll have more on Long and his new deal later this evening following the team’s practice.
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