Packers' guard TJ Lang inks deal with Detroit Lions


Lang, 29, spent eight seasons with the Packers and made his first Pro Bowl last season. Lang is from Royal Oak, Mich., and went to college at Eastern Michigan. Lang was deciding between the Lions, Seahawks, and Packers but ultimately decided on going with Detroit.

For all we obsess over marginally improving all the areas the Lions were weak in 2016, at the beginning of March I wrote the Lions' biggest need is simply to get and keep Matthew Stafford healthy.

But by signing with Detroit, Lang's righting a great wrong: he'll don the jersey he always should have worn, and protect the quarterback drafted with the first overall pick of his 2009 draft class.

Lang's agent confirmed the three-year deal on Sunday.

He will join a Lions offense that ranked 30th in the league last season in rushing yards per game (79.9), tied for 22nd in sacks (37) and 13th with 79 quarterback hits.

"I'm ready to get it done with", Lang told WXYZ early Sunday. Detroit also signed tackle Rick Wagner in recent days and could have an upgraded offensive line next season even after the departures of Riley Reiff and Larry Warford. Packers coach Mike McCarthy, speaking at the combine, said he didn't anticipate the guard being ready to return to the field until training camp. "No doubt about it".

"This is something that I've been dealing with for a number of years". For the Seahawks, signing Lang would be a change of course after assembling a dirt-cheap and very unimpressive offensive line in 2016, which often showed in their performances.