TJ Lang reportedly signs three-year deal with Lions

Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press (h/t the Detroit Free Press) called the recognition "a bargaining chip to his resume" before Lang hit free agency and pointed to the offensive lineman's veteran leadership as "one of the most respected voices in the locker room". The coach and general manager's quest for getting more experienced on their iffy offensive line stops for now with Saturday's official signing of 25-year-old free-agent left tackle Luke Joeckel from Jacksonville.

Lang, 29, has spent the last eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, and said they were a finalist along with the Lions and Seattle Seahawks on the Suburban Ford 7 Sports Cave Sunday morning. "Honestly, it was exciting a little bit of the time, but it was stressful".

Lang reportedly will receive $28.5 million with $19 million guaranteed. "I wanted to get something done by this weekend". Obviously, went back to Green Bay-they were still in the mix. I had a couple great visits. I just love the attitude around the facility.

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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.

With Taylor Decker, Graham Glasgow, Travis Swanson, Lang, Wagner and blocking tight end Darren Fells standing between Stafford and opposing defenses, the quarterback should have plenty of time to make optimal decisions.

Lang was a fourth-round selection in 2009 and played 119 games (94 starts) for the Packers. The free-agent market has been thinned out and offensive line is not considered a deep position in this year's draft.

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