29-year-old offensive Guard T.J. lang is now a Lion, but could he have stayed with the Green bay Packers had general manager Ted Thompson handled the situation a little better?
That’s the question many are asking after Lang signed a 3-year deal with Detroit, including the Daily Tribune/USA Today-Wisconsin’s Pete Dougherty:
” Yet, when the bidding got serious, according to reports from PackersNews.com and ESPN.com, Thompson and contract negotiator Russ Ball’s final three-year offer was barely more than $7 million per. So Lang did what any of us would. He took the substantially better deal from the Lions, which included the advantage of living in his Detroit-area home year-round.
The only thing I wonder about the negotiations is whether Thompson and Ball came at Lang with too little, too late. If they’d have made their final offer before he hit the market, instead of after he’d visited Detroit and Seattle, would he have bitten? We can’t know for sure. But Lang’s offseason hip surgery, which will prevent him from practicing until training camp, might have left him uncertain enough to take the deal in hand and skip looking around… ” read the rest >