When it comes to NFL free agency, there is often a fear of the unknown. Sometimes teams have this fear, sometimes players. Other times it’s fans.
When it comes to the Green Bay Packers, there is fear all around. A fear that Ted Thompson will again not spend money on free agency or that he will allow good players to walk.
One player many fans are concerned with is long-time and now Pro-Bowl guard T.J. Lang. And here is why they have a right to be worried.
The Packers haven’t even contacted Lang. He said so this week on SiriusXM Radio.
Now there is still plenty of time and usually these kinds of deals get done late. But what if Thompson and the Packers really do plan on letting Lang leave in free agency? What’s the replacement plan going to be?
It could be J.C. Tretter.
It may not seem likely at the moment. Tretter is a free agent, fresh off knee surgery. But remember how well he played before the injury? At one point, it appeared that Corey Linsley wasn’t getting his job back.
Then Tretter injured his knee and Linsley became the starting center again. But that doesn’t change how Tretter played when healthy. It might have been good enough for the team to think he can be a starting guard.
After all, Tretter started at left tackle against the Redskins in the playoffs two years ago and even last summer, before Linsley got hurt, Mike McCarthy said he viewed Tretter as a starter.
A lot of it may come down to health, but if they think he can get back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Packers give Tretter a modest one or two-year deal. At the very worst, he can be a backup center and offer some insurance if Lang walks.
Certainly, the Packers would be better off keeping Lang, there is no doubt about that. He’s a warrior, a great pass protector and just a gritty guy you want in your huddle.
But if he does leave, don’t be surprised if sometime down the road, the Packers turn to Tretter.
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