After a few days of deliberation, former Packers guard T.J. Lang has decided to come home and join the Detroit Lions. The veteran offensive lineman made his decision, as first reported by Mike McCartney:
Lang is a former Pro Bowl guard who comes in and immediately fills the hole left by Larry Warford’s departure in free agency. Lang graded out as the eighth-best guard in the NFL in 2016, much higher than Warford’s 20th ranking.
However, there is some concern over Lang’s health. Lang broke his foot last season, causing him to miss three games in the middle of the season. Lang aggravated the injury during the Packers’ playoff run. In addition to the foot injury, Lang underwent hip surgery in late January.
Still, Bob Quinn has shown his devotion to fixing the offensive line in an effort to improve the Lions’ running game, which ranked 25th in DVOA in 2016. The Lions’ made an aggressive move to upgrade over Riley Reiff at right tackle by signing Rick Wagner to a five-year deal. Now, by adding Lang for three years, the Lions will have one of the best lineups on the offensive line for years to come.