Chris Long has a new contract with the St. Louis Rams, but the details of that deal weren’t made public until recently. The financial particulars for the four-year deal are for $50 million total with $27 million of that guaranteed. Those numbers are pretty standard for this day and age at the defensive end position where Long’s salary was scheduled to rank in the top five for 2012 even without the extension.
For the Rams, they just have to be happy now having the piece of mind that a draft choice finally panned out. There is a reason that the franchise has been so down in recent years and their struggles in the draft are indicative of those issues. Chris Long is just the second draft pick by the team since 2005 to receive a second contract.
The only other member of that club is cornerback Ron Bartell, a second rounder in 2005 who is now with the Oakland Raiders. Running back Steven Jackson is also on that list, but he was a first round pick in 2004.
Rams’ brass has been trying to equally distribute the financial burden of all contracts under this new regime and Long’s deal is no exception. The money is spread evenly during the length of the contract which makes for no messy cap years in the future.
It will be interesting to see if the team takes a similar approach when they do get around to signing linebacker James Laurinaitis to his long-awaited new deal. Most believe that is an inevitability, but the longer things drag on, the more weary fans are going to grow.
In the end, the Rams now have one cornerstone of their defense locked in for the next half-decade. Fans are optimistic that the club will take an expedited approach toward securing the other key piece on that defense for the foreseeable future as well.
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