GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 19: Alex Green #20 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown with T.J. Lang #70 against the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 19, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
If you missed it, the news broke late last night that starting left guard T.J. Lang had signed a new four-year contract with the Green Bay Packers. Lang's contract was set to run out at the end of the season before he signed the new deal, but he's going to be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, awesome reporter that he is, dug up the numbers on Lang's contract and passed them along right after the Packers announced the signing. Citing a source with access to NFLPA salary information, Silverstein reported that Lang's contract is worth $20.8 million over four years with a $5.5 million singing bonus. His cap number this year is $1.8 million.
For those who aren't math majors, Lang's contract is worth an average of $5.2 million per season. As Silverstein points out, the extension that right guard Josh Sitton signed was worth a total of $33.75 million over six years, or an average of $6.75 million per season.
Sitton is a Pro Bowl-caliber offensive guard, and the current offensive line franchise tag is currently $9.4 million. Carl Nicks, one of the league's best offensive guards, signed for five years, $47.5 million this offseason. When comparing Lang's deal to Sitton, it's certainly fair for both parties, but when the deals of both players are compared to top offensive guards around the league, it becomes apparent that the Packers got some fantastic value with both of their deals.
Don't let anyone tell you that we couldn't afford T.J. Lang. He's an absolute bargain.
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