Packers extend Lang
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Lang and Sitton, Sitton and Lang. They’re basically inseparable – and now the Green Bay Packers have locked both of them up long-term.
A little less than a year after giving right guard Josh Sitton a five-year extension worth $33.75 million in new money (including $8.9 million in guaranteed money) that keeps him in Green Bay through the 2016 season, the Packers signed left guard T.J. Lang to a four-year extension on Monday night. Lang’s agent, Mike McCartney, broke the news via his Twitter account Monday night.
Terms were not immediately available. Lang said in a text message that he would talk with reporters after practice on Tuesday, but he did post to his Twitter account as well, writing, “Thanks for all the love! I’m beyond excited to be staying home for another 4 years.Pack nation I won’t let you down!”
Lang was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. In May, he wasn’t sure whether a deal would get done before he hit the free-agent market next March.
“I think it’s still pretty early in the process to worry about that stuff,” Lang said during a recent visit on Green & Gold Today. “The way I look at it, I signed a four-year deal, I’m ready to play that out. If anything happens where the Packers want to jump in and start talking about extensions, then that would be fantastic. But if not, I’m ready to play out my final year and continue to improve and see what happens after that.
“For me it’s not a big deal, but obviously I’d like to be a Packer for a long time. But I understand it’s a business. We’ve got a lot of guys who are going to be pretty pricey coming up here in the next couple years that are going to be free agents, so I’m sure up in the front office those guys are looking at all those things and weighing their options. I’m not stressing about it, but when that time comes, hopefully something good happens.”
Locking up Lang means the only high-priority impending free agent remaining is two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Packers also must consider extensions for linebacker Clay Matthews and nose tackle B.J. Raji, who will be free agents after the 2013 season, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who’s up after 2014 but will likely get a new deal sooner than that.