The Detroit Lions decided to cut team captain offensive guard T.J. Lang on Friday. Now, they must figure out how to fill the void it created this offseason.
The Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn made the business decision early Friday afternoon to cut veteran and team captain offensive guard T.J. Lang. This left many Lions fans split in their opinions on the roster move. Some believe that it was a good move that needed to happen because his contract cost too much for an injury riddled guard, and others believe it was a mistake because of the veteran presence he brought to the team and the level of play he provided when healthy.
Cutting T.J. Lang saved the Lions around nine millions dollars in cap space. I am fine with the move the Lions made so long as they go out and get another proven guard to fill in for Lang or show that they have a plan in place for the transition from Lang to a rookie or someone else already on the roster.
As of right now there is only one player on the roster I believe could step in for Lang and be an at least average right guard. There is also one free agent guard in particular I am hoping the Lions will hone in on and lure to Detroit.
When it comes to drafting his replacement, the Lions would probably have to draft him during the first three rounds of the draft as there are not many players selected on day three that are ready to step in and take on a starting role right away. However, there are a couple options that might be more ready than not.
How will the Lions end up replacing what T.J. Lang brought to the team? Nobody really knows. But here we will explore numerous options that the Lions will probably be considering.