I wanted him back, and as I said before, I would have given him the reasonable playing time that would have kept him here.
We will likely need to trade to sure up that DE spot. Rumors of the guy from Buf for a 4th rounder, Douglas and Sweat.
Easier route was to give Long the PT to keep him.
From a purely cold football point of view, it was the perfect time to part ways. He was a good locker room veteran, and there's value in that, but with everyone healthy he would've essentially been fighting to stay 2nd string this year. He's 34, and it's time to move on.
I'd have kept Long on the understanding that his playing time would, like that of Sweat and Miller, be determined by how he played. So similar snaps to last year if he was at the same level, or reduced if he was slowing down.
But he leaves with my thanks for his play on the field and character off it. Best wishes for his retirement.
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