Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long has found a new home.

Chris Long reportedly signed a 1-year deal with the Eagles. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Chris Long reportedly signed a 1-year deal with the Eagles. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long has found a new home.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Long has signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport adds the deal is similar to the one-year, $2.4 million deal he signed with the Patriots in 2016.

Long, who just wrapped up his 10th season in the league, made the playoffs for the first time and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.

He was part of a rotation at defensive end and finished the year with 35 tackles and four sacks.

It seemed Long was welcome back in New England for another season, but on Instagram before free agency he hinted he wanted to go to a place where he would get more playing time.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It is a story that will not die until Roger Goodell comes back to Gillette Stadium.

The NFL commissioner hasn’t been to Foxboro since 2015 for AFC championship game, better known as the Deflategate game.

Robert Kraft extended an invitation to Roger Goodell for the 2017 home opener. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft extended an invitation to Roger Goodell for the 2017 home opener. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports)

It is a story that will not die until Roger Goodell comes back to Gillette Stadium.

The NFL commissioner hasn’t been to Foxboro since 2015 for AFC championship game, better known as the Deflategate game.

Goodell opted to spend two straight weekends in Atlanta for the playoffs this past season instead of coming to Gillette for the AFC title game.

As he did the week of the Super Bowl, Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it clear the commissioner is welcome at Gillette Stadium for the 2017 season opener.

“Well, I think I’ll let you all ask him that,” Kraft told reporters on Monday at the NFL league meetings, via The Boston Herald. “Look, he’s commissioner in the league. As we all know, he has the right to go wherever he wishes to go. And if he wanted to come, he’s welcomed to come. We’re happy we’ll be celebrating our fifth banner. He can decide whether he wants to be there.”

The NFL schedule will be released in mid-April and it is possible the season opener is a Super Bowl rematch against the Falcons.

Goodell is scheduled to meet the media at the league meetings Tuesday and perhaps could get asked about it.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Late Saturday night word came down Bill Belichick would not be attending the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL league meetings Tuesday morning due to a “scouting conflict.”

It’s not required for coaches to attend the breakfast, but it is very rare for a coach to miss the occasion.

Late Saturday night word came down Bill Belichick would not be attending the AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL league meetings Tuesday morning due to a “scouting conflict.”

It’s not required for coaches to attend the breakfast, but it is very rare for a coach to miss the occasion.

There are several big pro days on Tuesday including Florida, Florida State and Texas, so many assumed that was where he would be instead of in Arizona, and it appears that is indeed the case.

Belichick has been spotted at Florida’s pro day Tuesday morning.

The soon-to-be 65-year-old has been very active on the scouting trail lately showing no signs of slowing down.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Led by Tom Brady, the Patriots have dominated the AFC East for a long, long time.

Since 2001, New England has won every AFC East title, except for two — 2002 and 2008 — and Brady missed the 2008 season with a torn ACL.

Tom Brady told Robert Kraft he expects to play 6-7 more years. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady told Robert Kraft he expects to play 6-7 more years. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Led by Tom Brady, the Patriots have dominated the AFC East for a long, long time.

Since 2001, New England has won every AFC East title, except for two — 2002 and 2008 — and Brady missed the 2008 season with a torn ACL.

The dominance may not end soon, as Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters at the NFL league meetings Monday Brady expects to play 6-7 more years.

Later on in the day, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was told of Kraft’s comments.

“Good luck,” Ross replied, via ESPN. “I love Tom Brady. He’s a Michigan guy. It’s OK. I don’t worry about them. We have to worry about my team.”

Added Ross: “I admire Tom Brady. He’s a fabulous person, a great player, no question. I have total respect for him. But I haven’t given up on ours. We’re building our team. I like our coach, I like our culture — I think we’re changing it — and we’re looking to be competitive.”

The Dolphins have been competitive with the Patriots in recent years, but it still hasn’t been enough to overtake them at the top of the division.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Malcolm Butler is a restricted free agent without any leverage. (James Lang/USA Today Sports)When it comes to Malcolm Butler, all he wants to do is get paid.



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