The contract numbers are in for guard T.J. Lang’s four-year extension with the Green Bay Packers.
According to Aaron Nagler of CheeseheadTV and Bleacher Report, Lang will receive a $5.5 million signing bonus and over $5 million a year in his four new years.
TJ Lang’s new contract pays him $5.2M for the new years with a $5.5M signing bonus, per a source.
— Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) August 14, 2012
Overall, Lang’s new deal pays him $20.8 million in base salary and has a total value of $26.3 million. The extension keeps him in Green Bay through 2016.
In comparison, the Arizona Cardinals paid former Packers left guard Daryn Colledge $27.5 million over five years with a $7.5 million signing bonus last summer. Lang replaced Colledge in 2011 and started all 17 games for the Packers.
Right guard Josh Sitton received a five-year extension worth $33.75 million last September. His deal included almost $9 million in guaranteed money. Both Sitton and Lang are now locked up through 2016.
While Lang’s extension didn’t approach Sitton’s deal from 2011, the upfront signing bonus and comparable base salary were likely too much for the 24-year-old guard to pass up. He was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
Lang’s extension was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter early Monday night.