According to his Instagram page, Chris Long will not be re-signing with the Patriots after 1 season, and championship, with the team. Here is the official post via his account:
The Patriots were interested in Long, along with the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Dallas Cowboys last offseason after he was released from the St. Louis Rams. Long had battled through injuries prior to this season, playing in only 18 out of a possible 36 games, registering only four sacks.
This season, Long was able to play in all 16 games, registering four sacks and 22 tackles. However, Long was not used all that much, especially after the emergence of Trey Flowers.
Look, I get it. I understand why Long is doing this. He came here to get a ring, and that is exactly what he got. According to Trey Wingo, Long is moving on because he wants to play a bigger role on a team and find a permanent home. Again, I completely get that. However, Chris Long has to realize the type of player he now is. He isn't a 25-year-old stud that is going to register 10 sacks a season. He is a role player. There is nothing wrong with that, especially when you are in the twilight of your career.
I am thankful for what Chris Long gave the Patriots this season, because I don't think they would have been able to win Super Bowl 51 without him. However, the Patriots are going to be able to move on and replace Long. They will either draft a defensive end or sign a veteran and be right back in the AFC Championship this season. Will Chris Long ever be back in this situation? Hell, will he ever be in playoffs again?