Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Rams have agreed to terms on a “huge” four-year contract extension with DE Chris Long. Specific terms on the new deal for the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long have yet to be disclosed.
The 27-year-old Long has played in all 16 games in every one of his four NFL seasons. The former second overall pick in the draft has improved every season, recording a career-high and team-leading 13 sacks in 2011, in addition to leading the Rams in QB pressures (15) and QB hits (16). A tireless worker who hates to leave the field, Long’s production has improved since settling in on the left side of the line.
During a midseason stretch last season, Long recorded at least one sack in 7-of-8 games. He also enjoyed a stretch in which he had at least one sack in six consecutive games.
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With one of their two key defenders who was entering his contract year now locked up for the next four years, the Rams can turn their attention to re-upping with their other acknowledged ascending cornerstone, MLB James Laurinaitis, whose rookie contract expires after the 2012 season.
Long is a legitimate Pro Bowler in the making. What makes his ’11 campaign even more impressive is that the he was on a defense that played from behind the majority of the time and did not have as many pass-rush situations as a lot of players at his position.