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.