"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.
"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."