FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are loaded at defensive end, but they're going to take a closer look at possibly adding another well-known player to the mix.
Filed to ESPN: Free agent Chris Long will visit and workout for The Patriots on Monday
— trey wingo (@wingoz) March 14, 2016
Long, who turns 31 on March 28, has played his entire career with the Rams, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2008. The Rams released him on Feb. 19 and he reportedly would like to play for a contender.
Long totaled 20 sacks over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, but that total dipped to four over the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Current Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly was Rams defensive line coach from 2009-2011.
Jones, Ninkovich and Sheard all enter the final year of their contracts.