Defensive end Chris Long will visit the Patriots on Monday, ESPN’s Trey Wingo reports.
Long, the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NFL draft, has spent his entire seven-year career with the Rams. He totaled four sacks in 2015, and was released by Los Angeles after the season to free nearly $12 million in cap space.
The Patriots already have starting defensive ends in Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, and would add Long to provide depth to an already strong front seven. The Patriots’ defensive line coach, Brendan Daly, coached Long with the Rams from 2009–11.
Jones and Ninkovich are entering the final year of their contracts.
– Kenny Ducey