On Sunday, offensive lineman T.J. Lang, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions. The Seattle Seahawks were hopeful of getting Lang to sign with the team, but according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lang has chosen a three-year deal with his home-state team.
After meeting with the Seahawks on Saturday – a meeting that supposedly went “great” – the Lions simply either made a better offer or Lang wanted to play closer to home.
The question for the Seahawks is, obviously, where does the team go from here for offensive line help? Many Seahawks fans were nearly expecting for the team to sign Lang. Though Seattle did sign offensive lineman Luke Joeckel this offseason, the team is still in need of upgrade along the line. Many could question whether the signing of Joeckel is even an upgrade. Most of the top free agent linemen have already been signed elsewhere leaving the Seahawks with little hope of fixing the line issue through free agency.
The Seahawks are still in play for several aging running backs, such as Adrian Peterson. However, without an improved offensive line, the running back group will not be much better either.
If the offensive line improves through experience, as Seattle’s coaching staff is hoping for, then great. Otherwise, the team’s talent will simply be another year older in 2018 with a closing window. Seattle fans will want the coaching staff to be correct.
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