T.J. Lang to the Vikings?
Earlier this week the Minnesota Vikings were rumored to be interested in left tackle Russell Okung.
This certainly does not come as a surprise, considering that the offensive line has been the Vikings weakness the past three seasons. They also have gone after former Packers before too — Darren Sharper, Ryan Longwell, Brett Favre and Greg Jennings to name a few.
Lang was rated by Pro Football Focus as the eighth best guard out of 72 qualifying players. He was drafted in the fourth round (109th overall) out of Eastern Michigan in 2009 by the Packers. He has started in 94 out of 119 games and made it to the Pro Bowl for the first in the career this past season.
The Messy Vikings O-Line Situation
The Vikings released guards Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris two weeks ago. Harris missed all of last season with an undisclosed non-football injury and Fusco struggled after being moved back to right guard.
The also need help at left tackle and right tackle. It will be very interesting to see what general manager Rick Spielman will do.
Spielman has typically been very vague when it comes to discussing his plans, but on Wednesday he said that they will be very aggressive in trying to fix the offensive line.
SPIELMAN on improving OLine: "We're not going to take our time. We'll be as aggressive as we can, whether in free agency/draft" #KFANCombine
— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) March 1, 2017
According to spotrac.com, the Vikings are $39,688,209 under the salary cap. That gives them enough to sign at least two offensive lineman, which is something that they really need to do this offseason.
Kevin Zeitler of the Cincinnati Bengals is the best free agent guard available. However, given that the Vikings have other needs on the offensive line as well, it would make more sense to go after Lang, since he won’t cost as much.