Eagles’ Chris Long contemplating retirement
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long is considering possibly retiring from the NFL. The 11-year NFL veteran is thinking about hanging up his cleats after a long career of success.
“I’d like to play football in 2019. I thought I had a strong year and felt good physically. Listen, I know I’m an older guy. But, you know, I don’t think I’ve missed a practice over the last two years. I feel like I’ve been durable and ready when called upon,” Long said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “At the end of the day, the itch is still there, I still love playing on Sunday. But as far as what happens, I’m literally just kind of sitting back and seeing what the Eagles do and who they bring in or don’t bring in and how deep that room gets. But I’d still love to play. But at the end of the day at 33, I could go either way.”
Long has been known for his ability to stay healthy while still being productive. In his age 34 seasons last year, he had six and a half sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s still a very effective pass rusher. His impact at the point of attack is much greater than his pure sack numbers show. He’s still a force to be reckoned with.
Long is under contract in 2019 for 3.5 million. The Eagles will need to maneuver around his contract if he were to stay around. It remains to be seen what he will be doing moving forward.
The Eagles last season finished 9-7 and snuck into the playoffs under the leadership of Nick Foles. They beat the Chicago Bears in the wild-card round but were then knocked out by the New Orleans Saints by 20-16.