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|New Packers Deal a Sign of Lang's Progress
|GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- For Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang, the razzing was meant in good fun -- relentless as it was.
One day after Lang agreed to a four-year contract extension, his teammates wouldn't let it rest.
Lang took it all in stride, noting that his camaraderie with his teammates was one of the main reasons it was so important for him to stay in Green Bay.
The new deal with the Packers (No. 1 in the AP Pro32), reportedly worth nearly $21 million, was a reflection of the maturity Lang has developed on and off the field over the past three seasons. A fourth-round pick out of Eastern Michigan in 2009, Lang started only three games over his first two years in the league.
In hindsight, he acknowledges that he simply wasn't dedicated enough.