Offensive lineman T.J. Lang living a boyhood dream signing with Lions

Beat writer Dave Birkett dives into the release of linebacker DeAndre Levy and what it means for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Lang, who played at Birmingham Brother Rice and Eastern Michigan, signed a three-year deal with the Lions on Sunday

T.J. Lang was such a die-hard Detroit Lions fan growing up that he had a Scott Mitchell jersey.

And while Lang joked on his introductory conference call with Detroit reporters that he only ended up with jerseys for much-maligned quarterbacks Mitchell and Charlie Batch because “the store down the street, those might have been the only ones they were selling,” the new Lions right guard fulfilled a boyhood dream Sunday when he signed a three-year contract to play for his hometown team.

The deal will pay Lang, 29, an average of $9.5 million per season.

“I understand how fans around here are so hungry to have a championship football team,” Lang said. “I understand that. I was one of them when I was a kid. I think it’s every kid’s dream, obviously. Not to be cliché, but every kid dreams about playing for their hometown team and I was no different.”


Lang, who played at Birmingham Brother…