Chandler Jones congratulates Chris Long on joining Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (it's going to take a little while getting used to writing that) struck a classy note on Thursday night, tweeting a congratulatory message to veteran defensive end Chris Long, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots the day Jones was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.

Long appreciated the gesture and responded in kind.

With Jones traded, the Patriots figure to elevate Jabaal Sheard to a starting role alongside Rob Ninkovich, with Long joining the mix of second-year players Geneo Grissom, Trey Flowers and Rufus Johnson.

Jones has fond memories of his time in New England, relaying to fans via video that he would miss them.