Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press (h/t the Detroit Free Press) called the recognition "a bargaining chip to his resume" before Lang hit free agency and pointed to the offensive lineman's veteran leadership as "one of the most respected voices in the locker room". Lang started 13 games last season, but now he'll return to his home state to join one of Green Bay's division rivals.
His agent tweeted out the news. He admitted that the process has been both exciting and stressful. "I wanted to get something done by this weekend". Took a visit to Detroit. "I was no different and when this opportunity came about I got really excited about it".
Being able to stay around Detroit with his family and being a part of what Lang thinks is something special brewing with the Lions, were the two biggest factors in his decision to sign in Detroit, he said. "It's been stressful. We narrowed it down to those three teams because, I'll tell ya', we felt those three teams were just ready to win now, a great attitude around the programs".
The 29-year old guard who played some tackle earlier in his career also has an All-Pro mention from earlier in his career (Pro Football Focus, 2014), coming off his 8th season with the Packers after joining them in 2009 through the 4th round, coming out of Eastern Michigan.
Still, Bob Quinn has shown his devotion to fixing the offensive line in an effort to improve the Lions' running game, which ranked 25th in DVOA in 2016.