Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has several tough calls to make when it comes to deciding which players to bring back in his pending free-agent class. One call that seems to already have been made is allowing veteran guard T.J. Lang to test the market when free agency begins March 9.
Lang, interviewed on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday morning, indicated that he and his representatives still have not heard from the Packers. This follows a season of silence from the front office, which made it clear last summer that it intended to concentrate on younger players when deciding whether to hand out contract extensions.
For his part, Lang seems to be coming to grips with the fact he may have very well played his last snap in Green Bay.
From the SiriusXM NFL Radio interview with Lang:
The closer it gets, the more prepared I am to go out and see what’s out there. A part of me, too, stresses a little bit just ... 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?
But I’m just excited to see what’s going to happen. If Green Bay calls and we can get something done, that would be awesome. But if not, I’m sitting in a good spot here, too, coming off a pretty solid year and making my first Pro Bowl, which was a great honor. It’s been so long since I was in this position to choose who I want to play for, since college when I picked Eastern Michigan.
The Packers still very well could reach out to Lang's representatives closer to the start of free agency. But a year's worth of silence could suggest the Packers are preparing to move on from their veteran guard.