And The Frontrunners For T.J. Lang Are…
This will make you throw up in your mouth a little bit. The frontrunners to sign soon-to-be free agent guard T.J. Lang aren’t the Green Bay Packers, but the Denver Broncos and… wait for it… you know where this is going… the Minnesota Vikings.
— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) March 1, 2017
We knew it was going to be tough for the Packers to re-sign Lang. Just this week, Lang said he’s had contact with the Packers, but fully intends to test the free agent market. Lang also said he’d give the Packers the opportunity to match any offer he received, but we all know that’s probably pointless.
The way free agency works is needy teams greatly overpay players for positions they needed filled. The Packers won’t get into a bidding war. It’s that simple.
As for the two teams mentioned, both of their offensive lines were terrible in 2016. It has been noted on more than one occasion to me that the Broncos’ offensive line is what kept them out of the playoffs. The Vikings’ line was perhaps even worse. It was clearly the weak spot of that team and the reason they went from 5-0 to an 8-8 finish.
Now, I surely don’t have to point out how many times the Vikings have picked up the Packers’ retreads. The list is long, so this would be nothing new.
Perhaps the one wild card here is Lang’s health. On Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy noted that Lang likely won’t be fully recovered from hip surgery until training camp. Could that scare potential suitors away?
Probably not and Lang is going out of his way to make sure it won’t.
Went thru this last year and was voted to my first pro bowl.. No worries over here! ?????? https://t.co/l2Jn58gZTZ
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) March 1, 2017
Yes folks, we have probably seen the last of T.J. Lang in a Packers uniform. Let’s hope that uniform doesn’t turn purple.