As one of the Green Bay Packers' biggest free agents, T.J. Lang presumably would garner plenty of attention now that the offseason has begun. However, the Pro Bowl guard has yet to discuss a new contract with the team since the end of the 2016 season.
"I've really enjoyed my time in Green Bay and I've played my whole career there," Lang said on SirusXM NFL Radio. "I haven't heard a word from them yet."
For most of the past eight seasons, Lang has started at left or right guard for the Packers. He earned his first Pro Bowl nod this past season despite missing multiple games with a foot injury. Lang also battled hip problems and has endured shoulder issues in recent years. Yet despite those injuries, he has played better than all but a few players at his position.
The Packers do not often sign players to third contracts. The exceptions, like two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pro Bowl wideout Jordy Nelson, have come as a result of the position they play or the surprising affordability of the new deals. As a well-regarded offensive lineman in a league featuring few, Lang could sign an extremely lucrative contract this offseason. Consequently, Green Bay might decide to let him walk and turn to one of their younger linemen to fill the void.
At the same time, Green Bay's lack of communication might instead signal their desire to let the market set Lang's price tag. Once the veteran finds out his value, perhaps the team then plans to make an offer.