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DE Chris Long Agrees to Contract Extension

Posted by nickwagoner on July 29, 2012 – 8:08 PM

– 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 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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3 Responses to “DE Chris Long Agrees to Contract Extension”

  1. By Stevens on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    This team suddenly feels so well run, such a change from so many decades of neglect and decay under previous ownership.

    I have been studying the Niners a good bit lately, and am convinced they are far more vulnerable than it appears. I think their offensive strategy had gotten muddled between a vertical passing game and a ball-control offense, and might well take a step backward, not forward, this year. Their OL is shaky on the right side, and the C is now 33. They have no real possession receivers except TE Davis, and poor quality depth behind Gore, who was battered last year. I think the newly acquired WRs, Moss, Manningham, Jenkins, are all likely to be busts in one way or another, and the ball-control offense will suffer. The D is very thin in quality behind the front 7. If the ball control offense sputters and other teams have more time-of-possession that lack of depth will become an increasing factor. All in all, I think Fisher and Snead have done a much better job of assembling a solid ball-control offense, with far more potent weapons. The D will have only 2 rookie starters, with strong back-ups each; 1 for the O. This is a young team, but the starters are mostly solid veterans. I think they will surprise even Rams fans and win the division handily this year.

  2. By Ramprint on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    The Rams are finally starting in the right direction. I don’t expect greatness all the time this year from the Rams, but I do expect this team to play hard on every play for the entire game. The players will not stop on this coaching staff because if they do. They will sit or be released. Fish and Snead have this starting to go in the right direction. Let’s just hope the O-line can keep Bradford healthy.

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