July 15, 2008
Chris Long and the St. Louis Rams are reportedly closing in on a contract, according to the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, and Long could be signed by the end of the week.
According to the publication, Long's agent, Marvin Demoff, met with Rams personnel on Monday, and neither side sees any roadblocks that would keep the former Cavalier out of training camp. Long has been working out with his Rams' teammates since being drafted, and took part in mini-camp as well.
Long was the second overall pick in April's NFL Draft. He is the only one picked in the top four who has not been signed as of yet. Jake Long and the Dolphins agreed to a five year, 59 million dollar deal prior to the draft, while Matt Ryan and the Falcons reached a six year deal worth 60 million dollars. The Raiders also agreed with fourth overall pick Darren McFadden.
As for Long, he has already been designated the starting right defensive end by Rams' head coach Scott Linehan. We will keep you updated on this developing situation as more information becomes available.