Long’s first stop in his free agency tour was with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Chiefs’ bitter AFC West rival and the team where his father played his entire Hall of Fame career. So why did he choose the Kansas City Chiefs? There were a couple of reasons that he mentioned, the first was because the team felt like home.
“I will say that I wanted to experience free agency,” Long told reporters. “I’d never done that before. Obviously, being in one city my entire career. Vegas had me in and it was a good trip. I went straight from there to here. It feels awkward landing in a city that you don’t consider home, but when you walk into this building here in Kansas City, it becomes apparent that things are different here. Sitting in Coach Reid’s office, I just knew that this is where I wanted to be and if they wanted to have me, I was going to do everything in my power to make this happen.”
Another reason, and perhaps an unexpected part of his decision, former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
“Well, I had the opportunity to play for Matt Nagy in Chicago and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him and the energy he brought,” Long said. “It’s no secret that he adopted a lot of his thought processes from Andy Reid and the staff here. Obviously, the roster, the opportunities to win football games and do special things in this league. It’s something I’ve never done in my career and I feel like I could fit. I know I can fit here and I look forward to proving that.”
Also, of course, Patrick Mahomes had a little something to do with his decision.
“I absolutely did talk to (Patrick Mahomes),” Long said. “I actually reached out to him, to Patrick, ‘Get me in there, man. You know, I’d love to come play for you.’ Obviously, Brett (Veach) did a tremendous job, getting me in here. I’m just so lucky to be here. (I’m) so happy to be a Chief— that’s actually the first time I’ve said that. I’m so happy to be a Chief.”