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T.J. Lang Returning From Shoulder Surgery, No Contract Talks

Had you been wondering why right guard T.J. Lang was one of the Green Bay Packers standing around during OTAs, his absence from the field is due to shoulder surgery he had back in February.

Lang isn’t expected to be ready for the field until training camp and his health will be extra important in 2016.

Like many of his teammates, Lang is in the final year of his contract. Thus far, the Packers haven’t made an attempt to change that.

“There hasn’t been much going on, which is understandable,” Lang said. “I’m coming off surgery. Obviously, I think, you won’t really get a contract extension while you’re injured.”

Lang was the Packers’ best offensive lineman in 2015, but his current deal pays him an average of $5.2 million annually. With Josh Sitton, David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter also in the final year of their contracts, it’s tough to see Lang getting another deal of that magnitude.

At least from the Packers…

There are really two ways we can see this playing out.

One is Lang has a decent season, gets offered a deal similar to his current contract by another team and moves on. Another is Lang is again clearly the Packers best offensive lineman and the team chooses to prioritize his re-signing over that of Sitton and Bakhtiari.

All three of those guys will be in line for substantial deals and the Packers cannot pay all of them, plus right tackle Bryan Bulaga, top dollar.

Lang is obviously well aware of that.

“My focus right now is just getting healthy and coming back and being ready to go by training camp and just have another strong year and whatever happens, happens.”

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  1. Chad Lundberg June 4, 2016

    Again with this. The cap is expected to increase considerably next year, and if I remember correctly, the Packers should have a 20+ million to spend next year. It’s really not far fetched to say the Packers will resign most of their players. Only one I see leaving is David, and maybe Tretter although he probably won’t cost very much to retain. Sitton still has 3-4 years left in him, no reason to let him leave so soon.

    1. Packers fan June 5, 2016

      Hope its David Bakhtiari that guy is a penalty machine. TT the overrated GM better resign Sitton and Lacy.

  2. Packers fan June 5, 2016

    Hopefully.