Long has experienced some hardship the last two seasons, as he played in just 18 games across 2014 and 2015 and managed to record just four sacks and 24 total tackles. His best years came in 2011 and 2012 when he recorded sack totals of 13.0 and 11.5.
This is the ultimate example of a show-me deal for Long, and he won't be coming in and asked to shoulder a huge load. Instead, he'll be adding some legitimate depth for a unit that already has some talented pieces:
Patriots now have Jabaal Sheard, Rob Ninkovich, Chris Long, Geneo Grissom, Trey Flowers and Rufus Johnson at defensive end. That'll work.