T.J. Lang plans to test market, give Packers chance to match offers

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Guard T.J. Lang said earlier this month that he had not heard anything from the Packers regarding a new contract that would keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 9, but that’s changed over the last two weeks.

Lang says there has “been a little bit of contact” that have included “good conversations” about extending their working relationship into the 2017 season and beyond. Lang expects further talks to take place at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but thinks it is “smart business” to see what other teams will be offering now that we’re so close to free agency.

Once he gets a sense of what else is out there, Lang said that he will go back to the Packers.

“We told Green Bay all along that we’ll keep them updated on any other offers that come in, and really at that point it would just be, ‘Hey, this is what we’ve got sitting on the table, can you guys compete with it?’ Obviously we’re going to give them the first right of refusal,” Lang said, via ESPN.com. “[We will] let them know, ‘Can you come close? Can you match it? This is what we’ve got, this is what the market’s set at.'”

Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif reportedly got over $41 million and $20 million in a five-year deal with the Chiefs this week, which could help give Lang a sense of what kind of numbers he’ll be seeing and the Packers a sense of what they’ll need to have on hand for Lang to remain in Green Bay.

39 responses to “T.J. Lang plans to test market, give Packers chance to match offers

  1. To the Broncos.
    No way GB spends that kind of money to match. If they were even thinking of spending that much, the deal would have already been done.
    Elway needs help at Guard and has the bucks to spend.

  2. “Hey honey, I’m gonna go look to see if I can nab a younger model of you. If no hotties will have this balding, middle-aged me, no worries, I’ll come back.”

  3. The Browns may go after Lang, but I’d think it would be more likely they target Zeitler, given his history with Jackson.

  4. Awesome player, great teammate…
    Hopefully he gets paid and nabs us a Comp. Pick for next year.

    We’ve got Tretter and Corey’s contracts coming up, I’d rather keep the two young guys. Good luck TJ.

  5. T.J. is 29. He’s a great player but there’s no way the Packers will spend anywhere near the $20 million guaranteed Duvenary-Tardif received, especially with Spriggs available to play guard.

  6. mcneezy22 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:45 PM

    This guy’s an idiot. Why announce your plans to the team, let alone the world?

    That’s the way the Pack and their players work. Most of the team are brought in and up this way. Lang has been a packer his entire career and likely wants to stay there. Most longer term team guys take this approach as they will make decent money even staying on team friendly deals ( some realize money isn’t everything ).
    I hope Lang can stay he’s a heck of a team leader in GB.

  7. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:21 PM
    I wonder if TT even knows free agency exists?
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    Peppers, Pickett, Woodson, Jared Cook, Letroy and Jeff Saturday…

    The trick is to not wind up in a situation where you’re cutting a ton of guys just to get under the cap every offseason like the Dolphins and Saints.

  8. Great player, all heart but injury history and age will necessitate him taking a below market deal to stay in Green Bay. He may do it if he wants to finish his career where he started.

  9. If Lang moves on, I see the Packers moving Bulaga inside and starting Jason Spriggs (2nd Rd. last year) at RT. Then the Packers will absolutely need to resign FA J.C. Tretter who can backup anywhere along the line.

  10. mcneezy22 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:45 PM

    This guy’s an idiot. Why announce your plans to the team, let alone the world?
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    It’s called honesty and integrity. No game playing, no nonsense, just plain honesty: “This is the best offer. Can you match it or at least come close to it?”

    I’ve been part of similar conversations as both employee and employer. Sometimes there was a split, sometimes not When there was a split, it always stayed amicable and respectful.

    You could clearly learn something from TJ.

  11. Actually, Cabbage patch, TJ could learn how to make money from me, because he has no idea how negotiations work. Ask Hightower, McCourty, and all the champs I root for, not one shows their hand

  12. I do believe Green Bay will let T.J. walk.
    Age vs. money will be the motivating factor.

    I think Minnesota could be a legitimate landing spot for Lang.
    I’ve already spotted the Viking brass hanging around the Lambeau Field dumpsters.
    They try and keep a low profile and disguise themselves, but you can see their yellow braids escaping from their pointy felt hats.

    Just think of the excitement if he does sign with the Barneys.
    The awestruck enthusiasm in the locker room as his new teammates gaze at a Super Bowl ring for their first time.
    skoLOL!!!

  13. Actually, this is a great move. He’s letting prospective teams know that if they want him, they’re going to have to ante up enough to keep him from heading back to Green Bay.

  14. Report comment
    axespray says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:53 PM
    ariani1985 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:21 PM
    I wonder if TT even knows free agency exists?
    —————
    Peppers, Pickett, Woodson, Jared Cook, Letroy and Jeff Saturday…

    The trick is to not wind up in a situation where you’re cutting a ton of guys just to get under the cap every offseason like the Dolphins and Saints.

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    Dude, you know nothing about the Dolphins. They have the 12th highest Cap before Cuts and now sit with about $56M. LOL what clown….

  15. History is on the Packers side. they’re great at knowing when to let players go and how much to pay. Very, very few have gone on to other teams and had a pro longed stellar career…..

  16. He needs a new agent. What team is going to offer anything knowing that no deal is made unless/until GB doesn’t match it. Decent football player, one bad businessman.

  17. The first team that makes him an offer will tell him it’s off the table once he walks out the door. If he leaves and GB doesn’t match it gets worse. If TJ’s agent doesn’t now what his value is or what GB is offering he should get an new agent, a smart one will tell him to be quiet. Oh yeah, and for all those thinking he’ll be a Viking, think again, he’s already shown where his allegiance is and you should also know the Vikings need is at tackle.

  18. Reading between the lines, he obviously wants to stay with the Packers but they aren’t offering serious $$$.

    I am not sure this is as dumb a move as others here believe. He is basically letting the world know that to get him, they are going to have to make an offer the Packers will not meet. Even if the Packers aren’t as interested in re-signing him as he is leading on, this puts some pressure on teams desperate for OL personnel (e.g., Vikings) to pony up early as others get signed.

  19. mcneezy22 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 6:02 PM

    Actually, Cabbage patch, TJ could learn how to make money from me, because he has no idea how negotiations work. Ask Hightower, McCourty, and all the champs I root for, not one shows their hand

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    Yeah, I’m sure TJ would be really envious of your thriving cookie business. While we’re on the subject, I’ll take two boxes of Thin Mints.

  20. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 28, 2017 5:21 PM
    I wonder if TT even knows free agency exists?
    _______

    Of course he does, which is why players like Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers, Mike Daniels and Greg Jennings never got a chance to become one, until the time was appropriate.

    The ONLY team that has gone Bananas in FA and succeeded with it were the Broncos from a few years ago. That team is now handcuffed via salary cap, and and has a bunch of older players staying around while the young players that could have been thre for 4-5 more years left.

    There is a difference between spending money in FA, and spending money SMART in FA. Washington, fans never have to complain about their team spending money. Look what they have to show for it the last decade.

  21. I like Green Bay’s nickname of Titletown. It’s fitting.

    I don’t think I’d care very much for MN’s nickname of “Loserville, USA”. Why would the Pioneer Press publish something like that?

    And what does that say about the people who live there?

  22. Cabbage this is B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S it’s not feelings. I know you guys buy fake stocks and think you own the team and what not but it’s a cut throat league.

  23. Gonna be fun watching the Packer line get decimated in FA. Aaron will be scrambling for his life and won’t last past week four. Packers 7-9 at best in 2017.

  24. If another team wants him, they just need to put in the offer that he won’t have to suffer from a humiliating playoff loss. No way GB can match that.

  25. crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 1, 2017 11:11 AM
    If another team wants him, they just need to put in the offer that he won’t have to suffer from a humiliating playoff loss. No way GB can match that.
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    It couldn’t possibly be as bad as the beat-down the Packers put on the overrated Steelers in the SuperBowl a few years back, could it?

    Nope.

  26. allight59 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:33 AM
    Gonna be fun watching the Packer line get decimated in FA. Aaron will be scrambling for his life and won’t last past week four. Packers 7-9 at best in 2017.

    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    I’m pretty sure you said this and that the Vikings would destroy everyone. How did that turnout?

  27. This is what Packers loyalty engenders. By claiming this TJ gets offers that only serious teams make. Other teams think “Why offer? He’s giving GB a chance to match (good for Pack). TJ gives Green Bay a chance to match (good for Pack) and if he’s in GB’s range they keep him (good for Pack) and if he’s too $$$, GB moves on and gets higher comp pick next year (good for Pack).

  28. allight59 says:
    Mar 1, 2017 10:33 AM
    Gonna be fun watching the Packer line get decimated in FA. Aaron will be scrambling for his life and won’t last past week four. Packers 7-9 at best in 2017.
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    From the brilliant mind who said that Eli would throw for 5 touchdowns and the Giants would have the playoff game won by halftime.

    Then in another un-Nostradamus like prediction he said the Cowboys would destroy the Pack.

    You have an average worse than the O-line blocking blitzers in Minny.

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