We knew all along guard T.J. Lang’s first choice was to remain with the Green Bay Packers. He publicly said so and now he thinks that honesty ended up costing him.
“I think that came back to bite me in the ass a little bit with Green Bay, because it kind of seemed like in their mind [it was], ‘Well, we’ll get him back cheap; he just wants to stay here,'” Lang confessed.
That sounds like something the Packers would do. We know they didn’t come close to the offers Lang received from the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks.
We also keep hearing how the Packers have specific dollar amounts for specific guys and they won’t budge from those.
Clearly, they refused to join what turned into a bit of a bidding war for Lang.
“[Initially], the other offers we were getting were pretty similar [to the Packers’ first offer]. So I was like, ‘OK, if this is what it’s going to be, why move?'” said Lang, who called the free-agency process more “stressful” than fun. “But everything got crazy Saturday night, the numbers started moving up and teams started competing against each other a little bit. And then, it was like being on the highway — the speed limit is 70, everybody else is going 85 and flying by you, and Green Bay just stayed right around the speed limit there.”
Ted Thompson. No doubt he’s a speed limit sort of guy.
And that’s why T.J. Lang is a Detroit Lion.