Report: Chris Long might not return to Eagles in 2018

By Jesse Reed

After helping the Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII, defensive end Chris Long is reportedly mulling over a “football decision” about whether he wants to return in 2018.

Mike Silver of NFL Network confirmed a report by ESPN’s Field Yates, that Philly has sweetened Long’s contract a bit but noted he hasn’t accepted at this time.

Then, responding to this report, Geoff Mosher of FanRag Sports noted Long had said after the season that he had to decide whether he wanted to play at all.

Silver then noted Long could either decide to retire of play elsewhere and wondered whether Long was questioning his potential role on Philly’s defensive line now that Michael Bennett has been brought on board.

Long appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the Eagles last year, tallying 28 tackles and five sacks as a rotational pass rusher. He was also one of the team’s locker-room leaders and a pillar of the Philadelphia community. So it’s not just about what he does on the field that makes him so valuable.

No doubt, the Eagles want him back, which is why they’re offering more guaranteed money. However, based on the fact that Long donated his salary last year it would seem money isn’t the biggest consideration for this two-time Super Bowl champ.