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Kyle Long returning to the NFL

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Kyle Long, who was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Chicago Bears, and who retired following the 2019 season, plans to return to the NFL in 2021. The news was first reported by Macon Gunter on Twitter, but it was confirmed by Chris Long, Kyle’s older brother.

The Bears do not still have the rights to the 32-year old Long, as they released him in 2020 in a procedural move for salary cap purposes according to noted capologist Brad Spielberger.

He was forced into retirement with several injuries, but if the time off has done his body good he could be able to help a team.

Long has been sharing clips on Twitter of his work outs, and at 315 pounds he’s at a good playing weight to make a return to the league. Even though the Bears should be looking to upgrade their o-line depth, I can’t imagine them getting back into the Kyle Long business.

Long has been a vocal critic of the Bears current regime, but he has walked back some of those criticisms of late. On a recent interview on 670 The Score, he admitted to being “salty” and not handling things professionally at the end of his Bears career, but he said he did enjoy playing for head coach Matt Nagy.