The Green Bay Packers clearly haven’t made an offer to free agent guard T.J. Lang that he considers realistic or what the open market demands.
As such, Lang will start visiting other teams.
Top guard on the market, TJ Lang will visit Detroit and Seattle. Packers still trying to retain him as well
Detroit makes sense. Lang has connections there — he’s from Michigan. Seattle also makes perfect sense, considering they had one of the worst offensive lines in football in 2016.
Interestingly, both teams entered the offseason with less salary cap space than the Packers. The Seahawks had $23 million and the Lions had $32 million, compared to the Packers’ $39 million.
Of course, a chunk of that got ate up when linebacker Nick Perry re-signed for $12 million annually.
From what we’ve gathered, the Packers wanted the Perry deal done first and then turned their attention to Lang, even though tight end Jared Cook is probably a higher priority. That appears to be a reflection of market demand and not importance to the Packers, however.
Lang, it appears, gave the Packers every opportunity to get a deal done by or on the first day of free agency.
And now we’re here.
Lang’s number is likely somewhere near the $12 million annually the Browns dropped on former Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler when free agency opened. The Packers are going to have a hard time paying that much and now the prospect of Lang playing elsewhere seems much closer to reality.