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Two-time Pro Bowler T.J. Lang announced his retirement on Friday.
In a social media post, the offensive lineman wrote: “For the past 3,624 days I have woken up with one goal in mind-How can I be a better pro football player than I was yesterday? Well, those days are over now. The only thing I ask myself today is how can I be a better husband, father, son, brother, friend.”
Lang, 31, was released by the Detroit Lions on March 8 with one year left on his contract, ending a question that had lingered throughout the offseason.
By releasing him, the Lions saved $8,843,750 in cap room and avoided paying him a $750,000 roster bonus that would have been due at the start of the league year.
Injuries hampered Lang’s career with the Lions and, even toward the end of the season, he said he wasn’t sure what his future was going to hold.
Lang made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back years, in 2016 with Green Bay and 2017 with the Lions. And when he was healthy, Lang was an asset for the Lions.
But he dealt with injuries throughout his two seasons in Detroit, including