Player Profile: T.J. Lang
Quick Facts: Drafted 4th Round 2009. Super Bowl XLV Winner, 2016 Pro Bowl
T. J. Lang currently wants to re-sign with the Packers but hasn’t heard a word from them about a new contract. He is fully preparing for free agency, however the Packers have over $40 million in cap space (about the same as the Rams) and can bring him back fairly easily as he is looking for about $8.9 Million per year. While his previous contract with Green Bay was for 4 years / $20.8 Million with a healthy $5.5 Million signing bonus and $5.5 Guaranteed, the Rams will be making Offensive Line a major priority this season in order to keep 1st overall 2016 Draft Pick Jared Goff protected behind them, ideally as long as Lang’s current QB Rodgers gets.
In a recent NFL Free Agency Ranking Bleacher Report Recently Said:
T.J. Lang is one of the best guards in the league in a market that craves offensive linemen. He leads a strong but top-heavy guard free-agency group. At 29 years old, Lang is not the youngest guard in this free-agency class, but offensive linemen can keep up elite levels of play longer into their 30s than other positions, so he is hitting the market just in time to cash in for a huge contract.
The Packers’ offensive scheme features primarily zone-blocking concepts, but given Lang’s traits and experience, it’s reasonable to expect he could hang in a gap scheme as well. In fact, when the Packers throw out gap power concepts, Lang thrives.
Standing at 6 ft 4 weighing 318 LB, the next question would be, who would he replace?
Certainly not Rodger Saffold in my mind, who at 6-5, 332 is a versatile lineman, a 6 year pro and has played in 63 career games with 60 starts. He has started at right tackle, left tackle, left guard and right.
My go to here would probably be Cody Whichmann, the 6-5 319LBS Guard was selected in the 6th round 215th overall by the Rams in 2015, while an impressive player in college I believe Lang would have a much larger impact in this role.