NFL Notebook: OG Lang leaves Packers, joins Lions

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March 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm.

Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (70) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field.  Green Bay won 38-10.  Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 11, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (70) during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 38-10. Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions signed free agent guard T.J. Lang to a three-year contract.

Lang reportedly will receive $28.5 million with $19 million guaranteed.

Lang spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers was a Pro Bowl selection last season for the first time. He chose the Lions over the Seattle Seahawks and Packers.

Lang said during the process that where to raise his family would be part of his decision process. That apparently was a plus for the Lions as Lang grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and played college football at Eastern Michigan.

Lang was a fourth-round selection in 2009 and played 119 games (94 starts) for the Packers. He played 13 games last season, missing three with a foot injury. The 29-year-old underwent offseason hip surgery and is expected to be recovered by the start of training camp.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed cornerback and special teams standout Josh Robinson.

The two-year deal is worth $6.5 million with $3.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Robinson played in all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season, topping the team with 12 special teams tackles — all solo that tied for the third-most in the NFL. He led a coverage unit that helped the Buccaneers rank third in the league in net punting average (42.7).

Robinson, 26, joined the Bucs after spending his first four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2012-15).

–The Jacksonville Jaguars released nose tackle Roy Miller after four seasons with the team.

Miller, 29, was limited to six games last season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon in October. He was due to make $3.6 million in 2017, including a $400,000 roster bonus on Monday.

Miller joined the Jaguars in 2013 after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He signed a two-year deal with Jacksonville in 2013 and the Jaguars gave him a four-year extension late in the 2014 season.

–After not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Joe Mixon spent some time with the Cincinnati Bengals over the weekend.

According to, Mixon was brought in because “the Bengals want a chance to talk with him extensively about his character.”

The former Oklahoma Sooners running back was not invited to the combine because he punched a female student at Oklahoma in his freshman year in 2014. He reportedly broke the woman’s jaw and cheekbone.

While he did not take part in the combine, Mixon did participate in Oklahoma’s Pro Day last week. USA Today reported Mixon ran an unofficial 4.43 40-yard dash. All 32 teams had representatives in attendance.

Mixon compiled 1,812 yards and 15 touchdowns from scrimmage last season.

–Former Minnesota Vikings standout Adrian Peterson was scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The 31-year-old running back is a free agent after the Vikings declined to pick up his option for 2017 that would have paid him $11.75 million in salary plus a $6 million roster bonus.

Peterson is familiar with Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who served in a similar position with the Vikings from 2007-10.

Peterson was limited to three games last season because of injuries, rushing for 72 yards on 37 carries. He topped 1,000 yards seven times for the Vikings, including a career-best 2,097 yards in 2012 that rates as the second-best single-season mark in NFL history.

–The New York Giants and free agent offensive lineman D.J. Fluker agreed on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

Fluker, who turns 26 on Monday, agreed to the contract worth $3 million on Saturday night, the New York Daily News confirmed.

The Los Angeles Chargers released the former first-round pick last week ahead of free agency to clear salary cap space.

Fluker was scheduled to make $8.821 million in 2017, the final season of his rookie contract, and the Chargers saved the full amount against their cap by releasing him.

–The Denver Broncos reportedly restructured their contract with offensive tackle Donald Stephenson that keeps him with the team.

Stephenson’s 2017 contract included a $4 million injury-only guarantee on Monday, but instead he will get $2 million fully guaranteed now and the other $2 million if he makes the final 53-man roster, Mike Klis of KUSA reported Sunday.

–Atlanta Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder reportedly agreed to convert his roster bonus into a signing bonus to help the team save salary cap space.

The Falcons opened up $4.8 million in cap space by restructuring Schraeder’s contract, ESPN’s Field Yates reported.

Schraeder, 28, signed a five-year extension in November that included a $6 million roster bonus this year. He converted that amount into a signing bonus, thus giving the Falcons more money to spend now.