While he mulls over his future in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles and Chris Long have agreed to push the date he’s to receive a roster bonus back for an additional time.
It appears that Chris Long is in a situation that most of us will never be in during our lifetimes. According to a report, the Philadelphia Eagles star veteran defensive end and the team have a agreed to move the date he’s to receive a $1 million roster bonus. He’s uncertain of his future in the NFL, and the Eagles organization respectfully wants to give him some time to think things through.
The news was first broken by a source close to the Eagles who then spoke with ESPN’s Field Yates right around breakfast time for most of the east coast.
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The first time this happened was back in March. At that time, the Eagles restructured the deals of both Nigel Bradham and Chris Long. Long, who was admittedly uncertain of whether or not he wanted to play ball in 2019, asked that the date be moved as he didn’t feel as though he deserved said bonus at that time if he made the decision that he didn’t want to play.
The Philly Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane wrote on that back on March 15th. Yates was also, again, on top of that story.
The Eagles and Long, then, agreed to push back the date until after the draft. Here we are. Long is still uncertain as to whether or not he’s going to play, and the date, as mentioned, has been moved to late July.
We mentioned earlier that most of the general public might have a difficult time understanding what Long is going through. Picture doing something your entire life. Picture having your body and emotions tell you that it’s time to get in shape and work out because it’s football season. Then, picture age and life telling you that it’s time to move on and do something else.
Most of us saw our football careers end after high school. We’ve never registered a sack in the NFL, but when you look at it in the terms that Long is, no doubt, using to make his decision, we can see why it may take him a while. Take your time Mr. Long. Eagles Nation will certainly accept you if you feel like coming back and giving it another go.