The Packers agreed to terms on a four-year extension with starting guard T.J. Lang on Monday. The former Eastern Michigan star, who was in the final season of his rookie contract, would’ve been one of the most popular free agents available next March. Instead, he’ll remain in Green Bay through at least 2016.
Starting right guard Josh Sitton signed a $33 million extension last September. Many questioned – and with good reason – whether GM Ted Thompson would be willing to invest huge money in a position he has devalued to some extent in the past, but I always had a gut feeling that something would get done. Thompson rarely lets quality young players walk away and Lang seems to enjoy being a Packer more than most.
This deal assures that Lang, Sitton and right tackle Bryan Bulaga will be together for at least three more years. Left tackle Marshall Newhouse is signed through 2014. No terms were released, but I speculated a few weeks ago that Lang would command at least $5 million per season on the open market.
UPDATE: According to Tom Silverstein, Lang’s four-year extension is worth $20.8 million and includes a $5.5 million bonus. As I predicted weeks ago, that’s almost exactly what Evan Mathis got from the Eagles in March.
— Michael Rodney (@PackerUpdate) July 18, 2012