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Chris Long plans to 'have a beer' after getting cut by Rams

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23, 2014: Defensive end Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams walks onto the field piror to a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 23, 2014 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. St. Louis won 33-14. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Long

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 23, 2014: Defensive end Chris Long #91 of the St. Louis Rams walks onto the field piror to a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 23, 2014 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. St. Louis won 33-14. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Long

Chris Long has been around the NFL long enough to know how things work.

That's why when he was cut, surprisingly, by the Los Angeles Rams on Friday, the veteran defensive end knew exactly why things shook out the way it did. He said as much in an Instagram post he sent out right when the news broke.

Just heard that I'm about to be unemployed. I just want to personally and humbly thank the city of St. Louis again for all your support over 8 years. I love y'all so much for sticking with me through the ups and downs. I also want to thank our LA fans, and although I may never join you in SoCal, just know that I'll always appreciate you. Bottom line is- this is a production business. No excuses, the last two years have been shit. It's been painful to experience because I care deeply about my performance and my responsibility to my teammates. Before the last two years I'm very proud of what I was able to accomplish in St. Louis. I'm not surprised, but it doesn't make it any easier to leave your family. I look forward to the next chapter. Hungry and a lot to prove all over again. First I'm gonna have a beer. Wishing it shook out differently but eternally grateful, C Long

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"Bottom line, this is a production business," Long wrote in the post. "No excuses. The last two years have been s--€“t."

That's a succinct way of putting things. So, now that he's unemployed, what are his plans?

"First I'm gonna have a beer."

Good plan. I'd buy him one if I could.