Anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter knows that it doesn't always foster expressions of kindness between users. But there was one friendly back-and-forth between a former Patriots defensive end and a new one earlier this offseason.
Soon after Chris Long signed a free-agent deal with New England, he heard from the player that he'll help replace.
Ahem , *clears throat* lol @JOEL9ONE congrats brotha!!!— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) March 18, 2016
Long, who like Chandler Jones is very active in the forum of 140 character messages, responded in kind.
"Thanks bro it's all respect," Long wrote. "I will try to carry the torch my bro. Make sure you get after the rams for me."
On his introductory conference call with Patriots reporters Thursday, Long explained just how appreciative he was of Jones' online jesture.
"I thought that was great," he said. "This is a profession of respect. Everybody respects each other -- or you should because it takes a certain type of person to put pads on and play every Sunday. It's a man's game. We got a lot of respect for each other. I respect Chandelr's game so much. I've met Chandler before after a game we played them, I think it was in London. I made it a point to tell him how much I respect his game.
"If I know Chandler, he's a heckuva player . . . It's just how things shook out. I don't read into anything. He's a classy guy. I thought that was real cool. One hundred forty characters doesn't sum it up some times, but it's nothing but respect for that guy, and I know he's going to be great wheerever he continues to be in his career."
Long has tweeted that he has Jones' blessing to wear No. 95 in New England, but he said on Thursday that he hasn't "settled settled" on a number yet. He wore No. 91 in St. Louis for the last four years, which are Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins' digits.
"I got some ideas," Long said, "but that'll probably get figured out here soon."