The Detroit Lions were a bit of a surprise contender in the T.J. Lang sweepstakes. The Lions have already spent $9.5 million per year on their offensive line by signing Rick Wagner earlier in the week. However, Bob Quinn has aggressively attacked the offensive line position since joining Detroit, and now that they have lost Larry Warford to free agency, it appears he doesn’t want the Lions offensive line to miss a step.
Lang met with Detroit earlier in the week, but did not sign immediately with the Lions. Instead, he traveled to Seattle to meet with the Seahawks on Saturday. According to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post, the meeting went very well:
Sources: #Seahawks just finished w/TJ Lang and his wife. Meeting/pitch went "great" and Lang may have an answer 4 SEA as early as tomorrow.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 11, 2017
There is concern in Seattle whether the Seahawks could even fit Lang in their increasingly shrinking cap room. The Seahawks, in fact, just agreed to terms with offensive tackle Luke Joeckel to help bolster their offensive line, but the team’s cap space is waning.
Still, it looks like this is Seattle’s signing to lose at this point. If you’re into social media stalking, this is the most recent Twitter account Lang is following:
TJ Lang's most recent follow pic.twitter.com/qFchtXh7zl— Detroit Lions Fans❕ (@OnePrideDet) March 11, 2017
Of course nothing is official yet, but the Lions may be okay if they don’t end up landing Lang. 2015 first-round draft pick Laken Tomlinson could fit the bill at right guard, even though he has struggled in his first two years in the NFL.
To his credit, Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is doing his best to help the cause: