The Detroit Lions have moved on from their Pro Bowl right guard, T.J. Lang. There’s a few players who could potentially fill the void on the roster.
This move wasn’t out of the blue though. Over the course of several seasons, Lang has battled a lot of injuries. After 10 year, he’s strongly considering retirement.
The best way to replace the Lions’ former starting right guard is likely elsewhere other than the current roster. There’s still a few guys who deserve some consideration.
A very popular pick to replace Lang dating back to last season. Since entering the league, Crosby has only played tackle. He’s looked good so far, despite claims he’s a better fit at guard.
Recording one start at right tackle, the second year swing-man was more than serviceable in limited snaps. Crosby can play on the left or right side.
Whether Crosby steps in for Lang right away or if he waits as an eventual replacement for current left tackle Taylor Decker or right tackle Rick Wagner, he’s an important piece moving forward.
NFL.com might already have the answer as to where he’ll end up.
An afterthought in all this, Dahl is still an option. Most of his meaningful snaps came at fullback and some at tight end.
Even though his contributions at guard were minimal, he showed more than enough to earn an opportunity to start.
Showing off that athleticism should serve him well heading into the 2019 season. Dahl is better off starting at the left guard spot with Frank Ragnow kicking over to right side.
If it wasn’t for his paycheck and familiarity with Lions’ offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, Wiggins probably wouldn’t have started for Lang once he went down with injury. I don’t see him getting another shot after 10 rough fill-in outings.
Detroit can do the smart thing and just move on. Cutting Wiggins would save $2.75 million and only cost $375,000 in dead cap. My gut tells me both parties go their separate ways.