The Detroit Lions may not be done adding to their offensive line in free agency, as they are still in the mix for T.J. Lang.
Thoughts the Detroit Lions would be done spending on the offensive line after adding right tackle Ricky Wagner may not be correct. With Larry Warford reportedly joining the New Orleans Saints, the Lions may not automatically turning to an in-house candidate to replace him.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Lions are one of the teams in the mix for free agent guard T.J. Lang.
Lang is a local guy, having played his high school ball at Brother Rice before going on to Eastern Michigan. He was a fourth round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2009 and has been a mainstay on their offensive line since 2011.
Pro Football Focus has rated him as one of the top guard in all of football the last few seasons, including eight overall last season. By PFF’s metrics, only Marshal Yanda was a better pass protector at guard last season than Lang.
That means signing Lang is not going to come cheap. Many estimates peg him for something around $10 million per season, a number he may not have trouble getting considering the new deal the Cleveland Browns are giving Kevin Zeitler that pushes the guard market to $12 million per year.
Would the Lions pony up the big bucks it would take to land Lang after already setting the market for right tackles? We’ll have to wait and see if they do, but they are obviously interested.