T.J. Lang will be returning to his home state of Michigan. Despite immense optimism that the Pro Bowl guard would join the Seattle Seahawks, it was confirmed on Sunday that Lang is signing a three-year deal (financial details not yet disclosed) with the Detroit Lions, who’ve offset the losses of Riley Reiff and Larry Warford by adding Lang and Ricky Wagner to the roster. Good for them.
Lang recently revealed that he’d narrowed his options down to Seattle, Detroit, and Green Bay, where he’d just earned Pro Bowl honors for his top-shelf performances at right guard. He’d actually met with the Lions first before flying out to Seattle, where according to a Saturday report from Jordan Schultz, the meeting supposedly went “great” and his source told him that Lang “may have an answer [for Seattle] as early as tomorrow.” Well we got the answer, and it’s not the one Seahawks fans were hoping for.
If you want to look at the available unrestricted free-agent offensive linemen now that Lang is off the board, have a gander and shudder.
Update: Lang will be commanding an average of $9.5 million per year, with $19 million guaranteed.