T.J. Lang decides on a three-year deal with the Lions

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Packers guard T.J. Lang has made his decision, and it’s the Lions.

His agent tweeted out word that Lang had agreed to a three-year contract with the Lions, keeping him in the division.

The Pro Bowl guard will replace Larry Warford, who left for New Orleans in free agency. And along with big-ticket right tackle Rick Wagner (who replaced Riley Reiff), gives Detroit a strong side of the line.

The 29-year-old Lang going back to his hometown team also weaken a Packers line which has lost J.C. Tretter to Cleveland as well.

87 responses to “T.J. Lang decides on a three-year deal with the Lions

  1. Cue the handwringing. I witnessed the same when Ted Thompson parted ways with Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera — and later Daryn Colledge and Josh Sitton — rather than pay big-money extensions to veteran guards.
    The 27-year-old Wahl was average in Carolina and let go after three seasons. The 32-year-old Rivera had back problems and was cut loose after struggling two seasons in Dallas. Colledge had three decent seasons in Arizona, then fell off a cliff and didn’t finish his contract there.
    Letting Colledge go gave T. J. Lang a chance to play and develop. When Sitton was released last season, Lane Taylor was more than adequate in his stead.
    Lang is a warrior. I’m sure the Packers wanted him back for the right money, as did I. I’m sad to hate to see him go. This may weaken the line somewhat, for a while. But he has nine hard seasons of wear and tear on a nearly 30-year-old body. He broke his foot and recently had hip surgery. Tying up a large amount of cap space for a talented but aging and well-worn guard isn’t good business.
    Thompson was proven right in the past by not extending or over-paying veteran guards. Watch him be proven right again.

  2. Just like people who overpay for an item on ebay – yet are all excited because they won the auction; the Lions won the TJ Lang auction. It would have been nice to have him back but the depth and talent on the packers means that lesser teams will always be ready to pay a premium for Packers free agents.

  3. Wish him well. Cool dude to follow on Twitter and is now playing for his hometown. Hope success follows in those new uni’s the Lions are unveiling next season.

  4. Disappointing for the Packers, he was one of the guys I thought TT wouldn’t let walk. Hopefully the OL will be able to absorb this loss as well as they handled Sittton going to Chicago.

    Good signing for the Lions. Hope he does well in Detroit.

  5. Just like people who overpay for an item on ebay – yet are all excited because they won the auction; the Lions won the TJ Lang auction. It would have been nice to have him back but the depth and talent on the packers means that lesser teams will always be ready to pay a premium for Packers free agents.

    ——–

    No offense, but your team keeps getting dusted in the postseason because Teddy’s teams are thin and lack talent on defense.

    If you can’t budget ahead of schedule to keep players you want to keep, then what good is developing them after you draft them?

    2010 was 7 years ago.

  6. Mar 12, 2017 1:31 PM

    Ted Thompson running on thin ice. He and Ozzie Newsome might be the 2 most overrated GMs in the league.

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    WOW!

    It’s hard to be overrated when you consistently win your division and regularly advance to the NFC title game!

  7. Mar 12, 2017 1:29 PM
    Just like people who overpay for an item on ebay – yet are all excited because they won the auction; the Lions won the TJ Lang auction. It would have been nice to have him back but the depth and talent on the packers means that lesser teams will always be ready to pay a premium for Packers free agents.
    ………………………………………………………………………………. Just because you pay more for something than someone else, does not mean it is suddenly not good anymore. What the hell kind of logic is that? Loosen your cheese head it is cutting off the blood flow. If i pay 3 cents more for a gallon of gas, is my gas not as good as yours?

    When it comes to people, when you pay more for a job, it shows that you want( or value) that person just a little more.

  8. Thanks TJ for all the years in Green Bay. I won’t begrudge a guy for doing what he thinks is best for his situation. Will be curious to see the numbers.

  9. Lions will go heavy on defense in the draft. They have to control the ball to win games, which they should be able to do better than last year. Right side of the line is improved at both spots with Wagner and lang. Decker was a stud at LT as a rookie should just keep improving. And another rookie won the LG job last year and steadily improved. First time in a long time I have been excited about our O line.

  10. TJ was a great Packer and I wish him luck!

    That being said, you can’t overpay for offensive lineman north of 30 years old. Ted also won’t make the same mistake Spielman did dropping $45 million for 2 mediocre linemen.

    Packers have the depth to cover this spot with some realigning.

  11. Good for him, of the the teams he said he was deciding on, he picked one of the two (Packers) that actually have a chance to compete and with a good qb. Hope he does well, Lions are building a heck of an o line.

  12. Major problem for Mr Rodgers considering a weak offensive line draft class. Lang is the 2nd member of the o-line to defect. Looks like Marty will be doing a lot of blocking instead catching those lasers.

  13. Did Ted know that two of his best OL had contracts that were up?
    He let them walk out the door so Erin would have his two TE. Moron!

  14. They’re going to have to sign a veteran lineman who has been cut – they don’t have enough draft choices to replace.
    They must be betting on Murphy or the practice squad guard Patrick to fill-in,

  15. with big-ticket right tackle Rick Wagner (who replaced Riley Reiff), gives Detroit a strong side of the line.
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    Something tells me they still won’t be able to run the ball no matter what. It’s like the Barry Sanders curse or something.

  16. It’s certainly sad to see him leaving the Packers. Awesome player. Awesome locker room guy. Despite going to the Lions, I still wish him success.

    The the Packers still $30 million under the cap, it’ll be interesting to see what T.J. is getting paid. No question he’ll be missed, but then again, the Packers didn’t draft Jason Spriggs in the second round last year to sit on the bench.

  17. Did Ted know that two of his best OL had contracts that were up?
    He let them walk out the door so Erin would have his two TE. Moron!
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    Sad little troll can’t even come up with something original and copies and pasted one of his posts from a different story. When your team has 1/10th the success the Packers have had, then you can talk.

  18. Decisions like this makes you perennial playoff losers.
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    Please learn something about football! And look up the meaning of irony.

  19. Great guy. Great player. Great Packer. We obviously wish him well in the twilight years of his tremendous career.

    TJ leaves Green Bay with a Superbowl ring, and the lasting legacy of a World Champion.

    Ted drafted TJ in the 4th round of the 2009 draft. He played gave us 8 great years, and in return we’ll receive a very nice compensatory pick.

    Ted knows football.

    It’s better football.

    For better people.

  20. You could see the Packers moving on, since they traded up for an OLmen last year. They will probably move Bulaga to guard and start Spriggs at tackle or something like that. The Packers still have their starters set, for the most part, but definitely need depth now.

    As for Lang, he will do great for Detroit so long as he stays healthy and doesn’t let age get the best of him. I am guessing that he got quite a hefty contract. I think he’ll do well for them.

  21. jimmysee says:
    Mar 12, 2017 1:36 PM
    Mar 12, 2017 1:31 PM

    Ted Thompson running on thin ice. He and Ozzie Newsome might be the 2 most overrated GMs in the league.

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    WOW!

    It’s hard to be overrated when you consistently win your division and regularly advance to the NFC title game!

    __________________________________

    WOW? You’re absolutely correct if your goal is to be second in your own conference. However, if the goal is the Superbowl, GB has as many appearances as the Browns since 2010.

  22. T.J. Lang is a top-notch guy both on and off the field and will someday wind up in the Packers HOF.

    It’s obvious he is one of my favorites and I wish him and his family well with the Lions and hope is in the pro bowl again this year and his team finishes second in the division behind the Packers.

  23. Quality person on and off the field.
    Plays with grit and a ton of heart.
    T.J. will be missed in Green Bay and his presence will be difficult to replace.
    Extremely happy for him to be returning home and wishing all the best. (Well, except when playing the Packers, of course)

  24. codythao35 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 1:41 PM
    I guess Erin is going to have to play Lang’s position and qb, unless he put TT in there.
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    Erin?
    Who’s Erin?!?

  25. This is why you draft OL last year. His replacement has a year in the system and some season on him now.

    Ted did just that.

  26. beerbratscheese says:
    Decisions like this makes you perennial playoff losers contenders.
    Fixed it for ya.
    —-
    Nice reply to The Man With 1,000 Accounts (with sincere apologies to Lon Chaney Sr.).
    Now I have to go. It’s almost lunch in my time zone, and your screen name is making me hungry.

  27. Once again Detroit OVERPAYS for a player on the backside of a career – that’s why they are a bad team. They gave him $30 mil – $10 mil per yr. No way were the Packers going to pay that. AND he’s coming off surgery for a serious foot injury.
    He broke his foot for the 2nd time in the NFC Championship game at ATL. 2nd Time he broke it in the same year and he’s had foot and ankle problems before. Ted couldn’t take that chance.
    I wish the man my best wishes – he’s good people.
    He will end up in the Packers Hall of Fame someday.

  28. Cody,
    We all hate your posts but at least make some sense when you do. I’ll guarantee you the Pack will have their 5th Lombardi Trophy in house before your Vikings even win a playoff game.
    Maybe the should change their name to the Minnesota One and Dones.

  29. Ted Thompson running on thin ice. He and Ozzie Newsome might be the 2 most overrated GMs in the league.

    Well, they’ve each won a SB (more than I can say for my team) and they are competitive year in and out. Especially G.B.

  30. packsupersoldier says:
    Spriggs will never be a starting guard. He is strictly a tackle. Ted still needs to find Lang’s replacement, whether through the draft or free agency.
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    Agreed.

  31. Ted and the coaching staff are very high on Lucas Patrick. He’s one of the existing candidates for the vacated starting spot on one of the best offensive lines in football.

  32. Lang is happy to leave Green Bay. Even if it is for Detroit. No one wants to be in Green Bay. Unless they’re desperate. Or brain-washed. Or it’s for lots of money. Fact.

  33. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 2:09 PM
    Decisions like this makes you perennial playoff losers.
    ////////////////////////////////

    Well then, I guess the Vikings have made a LOT of decisions like this.

    #1 all-time NFL record for playoff losses.

    #1 all-time NFL record for one-and-done playoff appearances.

    Wouldn’t you agree?

  34. Jahri Evans is available.
    He could help the Packers on a 1 year deal. I don’t see him as a starter but a solid back up and he would come cheap – something around $1 mil.
    He’s 33 but still a solid pass blocker.
    I can’t see Barclay making the roster regardless of him signing a contract and there was NO guaranteed money in his deal so it’s an easy cut.

  35. ariani1985 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 2:09 PM
    Decisions like this makes you perennial playoff losers.
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    You’re right ariani.
    Paying $30 mil to an injured aging guard is a bad decision and Detroit is a perennial playoff loser. That is of course when they get there. Kinda like the Vikings. 🙂

  36. This is a win/win situation. Cheesebay can solidify Aaron’s paycheck. Everson or Hunter can continue to blow past Lang & attack the Qb.

  37. Best of luck in the future to TJ. He was tough nut of an offensive lineman and a perfect example of draft and develop. Best of luck to you in Detroit. Onward Pack.

  38. packsupersoldier says:
    Spriggs will never be a starting guard. He is strictly a tackle. Ted still needs to find Lang’s replacement, whether through the draft or free agency.

    Why can’t BULAGA go to RG to extend his career and SPRIGGS to RT?

  39. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 12, 2017 3:30 PM
    Lang is happy to leave Green Bay. Even if it is for Detroit. No one wants to be in Green Bay. Unless they’re desperate. Or brain-washed. Or it’s for lots of money. Fact.
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    Well, I was wondering when ariana would dust off this bland and patently unfunny account.
    Lame as always.

  40. allight59 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 3:52 PM
    Will he be allowed to hold on every play in Detroit?
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    It only looked like holding…..because the Vikings were so slow.

  41. I witnessed the same when Ted Thompson parted ways with Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera… The 27-year-old Wahl was average in Carolina and let go after three seasons.

    Thompson was proven right in the past by not extending or over-paying veteran guards. Watch him be proven right again.
    ===

    First, Wahle was a second team All-Pro in 2005

    But the Packers went 4-12 when Ted decided to purge the roster that season. That was an unmitigated disaster of a season. He gutted the roster, than lost many key players to injury (Ahman Green, Javon Walker..)

    I am fine with Colledge, Sitton, Lang departing, but 2005 is a terrible example to try and justify Thompsons personnel moves.

  42. If Thompson wanted Lang, he would have paid him before the season ended.

    Tretter is the big loss for the Packers. He was only 26 years old and could play any position on the O-line.

  43. You don’t have to pay a lot for Guards. Tackles yes. Guards No. Simple. In TT We Trust . LOL

  44. Like it. They now have an ‘old guy’ in the OL room.

    This gives the Lions a good group young guys to compete at C and LG, with the other two young guys as backups.

    Alternatively, wouldn’t mind if they could trade Laken Tomlinson for a 3rd or 4th rounder.

  45. Lang is a great guard, and for the Lions its a great, move, but GB can draft and develop guards, maybe kick Spriggs inside, or draft another good athletic T/G player.

    Maybe people realize this, or maybe they do but, don’t talk about it. When TT resigns pro bowl caliber players, after their rookie contract, the next contract is usually will expire at the age of 29… so players like Lang, and Greg Jennings can still grab that big FA contract go out, on because they “aren’t 30 yet”.

    TT likes this, because he is usually given a chance to match, drive up the price for rivals, or usually used 85% of the players prime of their career while in GB. So they often don’t get the production that matches the contract value.

  46. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 12, 2017 3:30 PM
    Lang is happy to leave Green Bay. Even if it is for Detroit. No one wants to be in Green Bay. Unless they’re desperate. Or brain-washed. Or it’s for lots of money. Fact.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Whenever somebody emphatically says “fact,” as though they and they alone possess some sort of expert opinion, you automatically disregard that comment and all future comments from that same ill-informed person as;

    Fake News.

  47. Lions signed about the best two O-linemen in FA — their O-line will be good next year. I’m surprised he didn’t stay with the Pack.

  48. This is vintage Ted Thompson, yes, he wanted Lang back but at the right price. If Lang wants more money and a seat on the couch come playoff time, the Lions are the perfect place to sign.

    Give us a hometown discount and a chance to play in the Superbowl, he would have signed with the Packers.

  49. If he can find 3rd TE for good value for the production and it makes the team better why not?
    All some sre is TT signing TEs… what’s really happening is GB with Monty in the backfield can go from a functioning 2 TE set to a effective 5 Wide set creating mismatches against the defense.

    I know it’s early on the football calender but there are PLENTY of moves to be made yet for every team. The time too worry is when GB is working down to the 53 man roster and haven’t addressed it.

    R e l a x…

  50. The Packers don’t spend money on guards, they develop them and let another team pay them. Of course I would have liked Lang back but I knew he was gone if another team wanted to pay up.

  51. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 12, 2017 3:30 PM
    Lang is happy to leave Green Bay. Even if it is for Detroit. No one wants to be in Green Bay. Unless they’re desperate. Or brain-washed. Or it’s for lots of money. Fact.

    **************************************************
    Best to simply ignore comments such as the one above.

    He adds nothing to an interesting topic and is likely the type of person who will only comment in that fashion when he can hide behind a computer and is as quiet as a “mouse” in person.

  52. The Lions have no RB. Their QB is slightly better than Cutler (even though Cutler actually has a playoff win.) They have no WRs. Their defense is a shell of what it used to be and they still have Caldwell.

    You don’t build a team in free agency, you over pay for already used talent. The Lions are a joke, historically the worst team in the NFCN, always will be!

  53. It’s no coincidence that Lacy is visiting the Packers at a time they have huge needs at O-line.

  54. aferraridriver says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:20 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 12, 2017 3:30 PM

    Lang is happy to leave Green Bay. Even if it is for Detroit. No one wants to be in Green Bay. Unless they’re desperate. Or brain-washed. Or it’s for lots of money. Fact.

    **************************************************
    Best to simply ignore comments such as the one above.

    He adds nothing to an interesting topic and is likely the type of person who will only comment in that fashion when he can hide behind a computer and is as quiet as a “mouse” in person.

    ________________________

    You consider taking your own advice, you literally went against the point you were trying to make in the same sentence…..

  55. Well well well……..the pukes say thanks, but no thanks to Lang-probably their best Olineman.

    They have lost 2 OL starters now, and this is a time that TT and the puke n gold will rue the day that they failed to sign their best Olineman.

    Since Erin IS the packers, and he is on the wrong side of 30, it is befuddling that they wouldn’t sign Lang to a similar 3 year deal. It’s only 3 years, and it is vital for Erin. She is getting old. She doesn’t have an extra few years. If any of the replacements get injured, it is lights out figuratively and physically for Erin.

    Hard to pass to their new toy, Martellus Bennett, when Erin is flat on her back after Everson Griffen jukes out the newbie and blows her up!!!!

    CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

  56. allight59 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 8:12 PM
    Not surprised at the number of rats deserting the sinking ship….
    ///////////////////////////////////

    Thanks for pointing out the high number of Viking trolls abandoning the Viking storylines altogether and choosing to post exclusively on Packer threads.

    Otherwise, who’d know they existed?

  57. bridgeh20: where do I begin?The Pack hasn’t lost 2 OL starters. Tretter has been a solid back up. Do your homework. Lang was a starter and pro-bowler,but is coming off a broken foot and hip surgery. 9-year vet….sorry TT doesn’t play that game at $9.5 mil/year. It’s called value and it appears the purples panicked again paying 2 middy OLineman tens of millions of cabbage. This is not a complicated game, this thing called salary cap management and draft & develop, but once you are trying to play catch up, things get ugly in a hurry. TT is essentially doing more for less $ than Spielman has done the past few years with big time sellouts for the good of the order (and some bad luck with the QB injury). I guess the purple’s GM feels his hand is forced as he gave up too much for Sammy Sleeves to effectively finish 3rd in the division with no significant break through in sight. And for the cute comments about Rodgers….he’d clean your clock in a New York minute if you had the cajones to share your internet tough-guy talk to his face. Cheers.

  58. jbvikes says:
    Mar 12, 2017 10:49 PM
    You can sugarcoat it all you want Cheeseheads – you lost a very good lineman today!
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    Next man up.

  59. Super Bowl rings are great but it’s always about the money folks. Unless that ring is worth two million more a year these guys are going were the big money is. So would you.

  60. Looks like TT really “low balled” Lang with this offer. They weren’t even close.

    The Green Bay Packers, the other team in Lang’s final three, offered Lang just $21.5 million over three years with $6.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

    TT doesn’t think Lang is quality guard, or he thought he could get him signed because of the Packers arrogance.

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