We’d Really Love It, But Probably Won’t Be Back
These questions will come down to economics. It’s really that simple.
6. T.J. Lang, guard
The Packers have already invested huge money in their tackles. David Bakhtiari is making $12 million annually. Bryan Bulaga is getting $6.75 million annually. It most likely isn’t feasible for the Packers to throw another $5 million per season at Lang (his last contract averaged $5.2 million per). Lang turns 30 in September. He has good football left. He was the eighth-highest graded guard by Pro Football Focus in 2016 (87.0). However, Lang is going to get an offer the Packers won’t want to match if he hits the open market. We’ve already seen that Green Bay doesn’t value the guard position (and can get by with just about anyone playing it).
5. J.C. Tretter, center
There was a time when Tretter was at or near the top of this list as a must re-sign. We still think very highly of Tretter. We love his athleticism and he single-handedly makes the Packers’ running game stronger. The problem is — although he isn’t nearly as good — Corey Linsley is good enough to win with. Linsley is also still on his rookie deal, which means he’s inexpensive. It’s possible because of his injury history — Tretter missed nine games plus the playoffs this past season — that Tretter doesn’t draw much interest. If that’s the case, the Packers could (and should) bring him back on a team-friendly deal. Then again, we’ve seen how they’ve treated players who are injured regularly. They send them packing.