How the New York Giants will re-structure their offensive line for 2017 remains anybody’s guess right now. If the Giants are going to spend big money in free agency it stands to reason that they would prefer to do so on a tackle. If that effort were to fail, however, there should be a number of quality guards available.
We have already talked about Ronald Leary [profile], Kevin Zeitler [profile] and Larry Warford [profile]. Today, let’s add another name to that list — T.J. Lang of the Green Bay Packers.
Lang, 29, is an eight-year veteran who has been a full-time starter in Green Bay for the past six seasons. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2016, and Pro Football Focus graded him as the league’s eighth-best guard. Lang has been among the better guards in the league since moving to the right side permanently four seasons ago.
Lang recently told Sirius XM NFL Radio that he “hasn’t heard a word” from the Packers since the season ended, which would make it seem as though Green Bay is going to allow him to test the market.
“The closer it gets, the more prepared I am to go out and see what’s out there,” Lang said. “A part of me, too, stresses a little bit just [about] the unknown sitting here thinking maybe there will be five, six, seven teams that come after me and then maybe there’s only one team. Maybe there’s not any teams. Are teams going to be turned away because I had the hip surgery even though it’s a pretty common procedure around the NFL?”
Would the Giants be a team that would, or should, be interested. Right guard John Jerry could be a free agent, though he would likely be far less expensive than Lang or any of the other players we have mentioned and could still be brought back.
The Spotrac Market Value Tool places Lang’s estimated value at around $33.7 million over four years, roughly $8.4 million annually.
Is that too much for Lang, or is it a price the Giants should be willing to pay?