ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Rams and defensive end Chris Long, the second overall pick in the draft, reached an agreement on a contract Saturday night, according to a published report.
Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, is expected to sign a deal that covers at least five years early next week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its web site. The Rams report to training camp at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., on Thursday.
Phone messages left by the Associated Press with Long's agent, Marvin Demoff, and the team weren't immediately returned. But coach Scott Linehan told the newspaper he was relieved.
``I was kind of anxious to get moving on this,'' Linehan said. ``There's nothing guaranteed about when a guy's going to sign and be in camp.
``He was obviously a high-profile pick for us and I'm really excited about it.''
The Rams anticipate the 279-pound Long starting at right end to beef up an anemic pass rush.
Long's signing means the top three picks have agreed to contracts before training camp. The Dolphins signed first overall pick Jake Long, an offensive tackle from Michigan, before the draft and quarterback Matt Ryan has signed with the Falcons.
The Rams have signed half of their eight picks.
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