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Packers Are Now Talking To T.J. Lang

We maintain that it will be tough for the Green Bay Packers to re-sign guard T.J. Lang, unless perhaps Lang gives the Packers the old hometown discount.

We also would note that the Packers told Lang prior to last season that a new contract for him wasn’t a priority. That lack of enthusiasm seemed to carry over into this offseason, as the organization gave Lang the silent treatment during the early part of it.

That’s now changed, apparently.

We’re not going to read too much into that, but it’s obviously a step in the right direction if Lang is to return in 2017 and beyond.

Typically, when this Packers regime decides they aren’t going to re-sign a player, they don’t have any contact with him or his agent. Ask Casey Hayward. So if you’re in favor of the Packers bringing Lang back, then this is a good sign that they’re at least going to discuss the possibility.

Lang made a little over $5 million annually on his last contract. We could see anywhere from $8-10 million annually on this next one, if he hits the open market — and Lang says he intends to, giving the Packers the right to match any offer.

If the Packers entered that territory it would tie up more than $25 million annually in three offensive linemen — Lang and tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga.

While that might not seem like a lot in NFL dollars, it does limit what you can do at other positions.

If the Packers would rework some other players’ contracts, this might not be as much of a problem.

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Joseph Bonham

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  1. PF4L February 28, 2017

    I’ve been doing this Packer fan thing for awhile….since when do the Packers re-work players contracts to create cap room?

  2. KILLER February 28, 2017

    I think it is an illusion. Lang wants to make it seem like the Packers want him back in order to boost his price tag. They do not appreciate the guard position at all and they back-stabbed his buddy Josh Sitton so why would he think they would not back-stab him as well?

    I’d also be surprised if the Packers truly wanted him back. What a misbegotten strategy — let’s back-stab his friend, tell him he is no priority, give him the silent treatment early, and, ah ha, he will be happy to resign with us? Lang is just like Sitton, not just in level of play but also in personality. They claim (falsely) that Sitton was a cancer. Well, why remove the intestinal cancer but keep the bladder cancer? I mean, cancer is either a good thing or a bad thing, right? Not both at once?

    P.S. In TT’s mind ALL guards are cancer. If he resigns Lang then you know someone else is calling the shots and forcing him and he is GM only in name.

    1. PF4L February 28, 2017

      lmao….Tell us more about illusions please. Tell us again how good the odds are of a team starting 5-0 of getting in the playoffs and the Super Bowl. Please tell us that story again.

      You are one special kind of Lady aren’t you Nancy?

      1. KILLER March 1, 2017

        Tell you more about illusions?

        OK.

        Your post above is an illusion for one. You say “Tell us again…” yet I never told you once any such thing. So you create the illusion I wrote that by asking em to tell you “again” what never happened. A deceptive illusion. But deception is the water you swim in, pee, poo, and drink and breath in. You are soaked in it.

        Why does PF4L post so often on this site? Because it is his own site! He IS Monty McMahon. He posts to try to make it seem like more people are on the site and to spur others to post (I guess that strategy just worked with me). He logs on again and again and it puts more hits on his articles thus leading to more money from the deceived advertisers. An illusion. An illusion perpetuated for a long time out of greed. An illusion that shows a distinct lack of integrity by Monty.

        And there is even more illusion! Monty also writes as Mordecai Jones. It is a pseudonym. An illusion. He does it to avoid responsibility for the crappy teen girl crud Mordecai writes. And he even then posts on the articles as PF4L criticizing Mordecai! An illusion of spontaneous independent criticism perpetuated to intentionally deceive the followers of this web site. That’s right, Monty/Mordecai/PF4L betrays those who support his own web site.

        Monty has more names and personalities (granted all of them immoral) than Sybil. Rumor has it he also writes as Joseph Bonham, yet another pseudonym. At least eh does not write as Rob Born. Born is his own man and deserves respect for being a real human being not there to trick the followers of this web site.

        Monty being a journalist is also an illusion. Real journalists reveal the truth. Monty hides it, disguises it, disgraces the truth. Monty, like Sean Hannity, is no journalist.

  3. Kato March 1, 2017

    I don’t necessarily think it is that inconceivable that the packers are interested in bringing Lang back. Last year they had a top five offensive line, and I think they saw the importance in that.