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Eagles' Chris Long announces retirement after 11 NFL seasons

Sun May 19 1:52am ET

In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long stands on the sideline prior to the team's NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Long has announced his retirement from football, ending an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Long posted his decision Saturday night, May 18, on Twitter, saying it has "been a hell of a journey" and adds that "I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it." (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long has announced his retirement from football, ending an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Long posted his decision Saturday night on Twitter , saying it has ''been a hell of a journey'' and adds that ''I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it.''

The 33-year-old Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, had 70 career sacks and 15 forced fumbles in stints with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles. He won back-to-back championships with the Patriots (2017) and Eagles (2018). Long was selected last February as the league's Walter Payton Award recipient for his outstanding community service.

In 2017, Long donated his entire salary to support education in cities where he has played: St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia.

Last year, Long climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with other NFL players and some U.S. military veterans to raise money to build clean water wells for East Africa.

He was the second overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Rams out of Virginia. Long spent his first eight seasons in St. Louis before signing with New England as a free agent in 2016. He played his final two seasons with Philadelphia after joining the Eagles as a free agent.

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Marquise Brown May 17 1:50pm ET

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Patrick Peterson May 17 1:40pm ET

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Kyle Rudolph May 17 1:40pm ET

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May 16 9:13pm ET

Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Browns) signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, May 16, to announce his retirement.

Dontrelle Inman May 16 9:13pm ET

New England Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman's one-year deal includes a $200,000 signing bonus, a $100,000 reporting bonus and incentives worth up to $1 million.

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Free-agent RB Mike Gillislee (Saints) worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, May 16.

Antonio Callaway May 16 5:33pm ET

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway has 'added some explosiveness,' according to head coach Freddie Kitchens. 'He is in good shape relative to what he was in last year during training camp. He has added some explosiveness. He has been catching the ball really well. He is doing a good job. Just like everybody else, he has to continue,' Kitchens said.

Robby Anderson May 16 4:43pm ET

New York Jets WR Robby Anderson signed his restricted free-agent tender Thursday, May 16.

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Undrafted free-agent DB Alex X. Brown (South Carolina State) signed a three-year undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, May 16. DE Damontre Moore was waived to make room for him on the roster.

Pernell McPhee May 16 2:53pm ET

Free-agent LB Pernell McPhee (Redskins) signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, May 16. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

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San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida said Wednesday, May 15, the team could feature a three-man running back rotation also involving Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. 'They've talked to us about it,' Breida said. 'They've said, 'Hey, we're going to use all you guys.' All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don't want to give away any secrets, but we're all going to be used in the offense.' It's still too early/unclear how snaps will be divided.

Fantasy Spin: There are ample fantasy points to be found with Kyle Shanahan running backs, but the current three-pronged outlook doesn't bode well for fantasy GMs at the moment. Hopefully you'll have ample time before your drafts to see if the picture takes on some clarity.

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Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph can be a decent backup as a TE2 in fantasy, but his upside is minimal in the offense. If he's cut and winds up somewhere like New England? He could receive a spark.

Ricardo Louis May 16 10:13am ET

Free-agent C Tony Adams (Patriots), OG Kyle E. Fuller (Redskins) and LB Nate Orchard (Seahawks) signed undisclosed deals with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, May 16. OG Isaac Asiata (undisclosed) was waived/injured. C Kirk Barron was waived. WR Ricardo Louis (neck) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Former All-Pro WR/KR Dexter McCluster is signing with the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League Thursday, May 16.

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