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Kyle Long will return to football, become free agent

Kyle Long return

Offensive lineman Kyle Long will return to football after retiring in January of 2020. The Bears denied his contract option after his retirement, which made him a free agent in March of 2020. Now that he has announced his return, he can sign with any NFL team.

Adam Schefter and Macon Gunter combined on the reporting below, announcing Long’s return to football on Tuesday afternoon.

Long was one of the NFL’s best offensive guards during his time in the league. He was drafted by the Bears in 2013, but suffered through injuries during his tenure there. Despite that, he made the Pro Bowl each of his first three seasons.

His injuries progressed, culminating in a 2019 season in which he played and started in only four games. After his brief retirement, however, he is rehabbed and ready to stay healthy for another team. His last contract was a four-year, $40 million deal, which will be hard to demand again for his new team, considering his history.

Featured Image courtesy of Brian O’Mahoney/Chicago Sun-Times

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