Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang’s future remains up in the air, but the Green Bay Packers have secured his backup for the upcoming season. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the team will bring back Don Barclay on a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
Over the past two seasons, Barclay has served as a backup offensive tackle and guard. While his performance has fluctuated between average to poor, he remains a favorite of the coaching staff, which values his positional versatility and toughness.
With Lang entertaining offers from other team, Barclay could provide the Packers a backstop in the event of a departure. More likely, he will compete for a backup job during training camp and the preseason with other players battling for a starting job.
Barclay has appeared in 62 games during his NFL career, starting 24 games with the Packers. He missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL during training camp.