The Redskins need for defensive line reinforcements was clear even before parting ways with end Jason Hatcher. It appears general manager Scot McCloughan will indeed pursue frontline help in free agency.
ESPN's Trey Wingo reported that former Rams D Chris Long, the No.2 overall pick from Virginia in 2008, would make his first visit in free agency with Washington.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder turns 31 on March 28. The son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long struggled in 2015, eventually losing his job had three sacks in 12 games last season -- five starts -- for the Rams after only playing six games in 2014. Those injury-plagued seasons with foot and ankle woes came after he played every game during his first six years in th league. The Rams released Long last month.
Breaking Burgundy spoke with Rams Insider Nate Latsch, who covered St. Louis for Scout.com last season, about the idea of Long joining the Redskins.
"Long is an interesting option for the Redskins. He was a 3-4 defensive end at the University of Virginia before the Rams made him the No. 2 overall pick back in 2008. Long's last two seasons in St. Louis were sacked because of injuries but he is determined to get completely healthy and rebound with his career. He was cut by the Rams because he had a huge cap number that wasn't worth it based on his production. But I wouldn't be surprised to see him revitalized in Washington. He has a home in Virginia and his wife just had the couples' first child."
With a $14.25 million cap hit set for 2016, the Rams waived Long last month.
What this means: Without Hatcher, Chris Baker, Stephen Paea and Ricky Jean Francois are Washington's primary defensive ends. Baker produced last season, but this group is far more solid than spectacular. That might not change even by adding Long, but that all might depend on whether Long is healthy. In 114 career games, Long has 54.5 sacks, 246 tackles, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.For the right price, Long seems like a good fit. Based on his communication skills, no doubt all of the media is rooting for him to join the Redskins.
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