"This has zero to do with money, etc. It's the right move in my heart because I want to get back to being the player I was before," Long said in the post. "I'm thankful for my role this year, but as a competitor, I'm itching to do what I do best."
New England took a flier on Long in the offseason after the defensive end limped through two injury-riddled seasons in St, Louis in 2014 and 2015. Once a highly productive member of the Rams, Long produced just four sacks over that span.
It'll be interesting to see whether, with his next organization, Long can replicate that success, and if teams are willing to reward his "Patriots year" with a reasonable contract.