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Free Agency 2017: T.J. Lang and Packers finally in contact about new contract

The fact that Packers’ brass are talking to the agent for one of their top free agents is a good sign, especially in light of silence between the two parties.

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The last time that Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang talked to the media was about two weeks ago, and at that time he reported that there had been no contact between him or his representation and the Packers’ front office.

However, on this Tuesday, there is some reason for optimism among Packers fans who are hoping that Lang will return to the Green and Gold in 2017. On ESPN Wisconsin’s Wilde and Tauscher show this morning, Lang said the following:

This is hardly a sign that any deals are imminent, but it’s a start and it’s an encouraging sign that the talks have progressed from brief discussions to full-blown in-person meetings. In addition, with teams and agents alike arriving in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine this week, that sit-down meeting could take place in the next few days.

Lang is expected to be one of the top earning guards in free agency this season, along with other top players like Cincinnati’s Kevin Zeitler and a few others. Spotrac estimates Lang’s value around $8.4 million per season, which is certainly a reasonable expectation given Lang’s play over the past few years and the amount of cap space that is available throughout the NFL.