Teammates were genuinely glad for Long. Said quarterback Sam Bradford, "I think it's awesome. I love Chris. I think he's a leader on this football team, he's a leader on the defense. He's actually one of my really good friends on the team too, so I'm extremely excited he will be around here for five more years and hopefully I will be too."
Running back Steven Jackson was asked about his efforts to extend his contract that has two years remaining so he can retire with the Rams. He quickly turned the conversation to Long, "First and foremost, Chris had one year on his contract, and he was a priority. I think he was one of the killers of our defense last year. He's very deserving of what he just signed. It's actually nice to see some guys drafted and not move on; we keep them around. I was really stoked for him, and I have him a big hug when I heard about the news. As far as myself, what God has for me will happen and no one can take it from me, so I'm here ready to work."Now they need to get the same thing done for Laurinaitis. Get it done Rams!