Lions release vet guard T.J. Lang after two seasons

The Detroit Lions released veteran guard T.J. Lang.

"We would like to personally thank T.J. Lang for his two seasons with the Lions," GM Bob Quinn said in a statement. "He represented everything you could want from a football player and team captain. We all publicly saw him perform on the field at a very high level, but what was seen in the building every day was a player who had great leadership, professionalism and passion for the game of football. It meant a lot for T.J. to play in his home city and we have the utmost respect for him as a man. We wish T.J. and his family all the best in the future."

Lang signed a three-year, $28.5 million contract with his hometown team in 2017 after eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Releasing two-time Pro Bowler saves Detroit $8.843 million on that salary cap, per Over the Cap.

The 31-year-old remains one of the better guards in the NFL, earning a Pro Bowl bid in 2017. Injuries, however, are a big reason the Lions are moving on. Lang missed 10 games in 2018 due to neck, back and concussion issues.

Lang posted the following note on his Twitter account:

"I'd like to express my sincerest appreciation to the Detroit Lions organization particularly Bob Quinn for allowing a kid from Ferndale a chance to accomplish a dream of mine and play for my hometown team. I extremely enjoyed my 2 years with this team and have made some incredible relationships along the way ... ones that will last a lifetime. Thanks to you, the fans, for taking me in as one of your own 2 years ago. The love and support has been overwhelming. I meant every word i said at the end of the year when i said 'stay with us' and although it's no longer us, I beg of you to 'stay with them.' They are building something special that this town has long deserved, a championship team. best of luck to all of the coaches and players. You guys made it fun and worthwhile. All the best, #76."

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