Quality Left Tackle Won’t be Easy to Find : Packers Insider

Quality Left Tackle Won’t be Easy to Find

October 24, 2009 by  
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(or is he already here, named TJ Lang?)

By Tom Pelissero • Green Bay Press Gazette
October 25th, 2009

If it were Chad Clifton’s choice, he’d probably be a Green Bay Packer in 2010 and a couple of years beyond, finishing his career in the same place he’s been a starter the past decade.

But there will come a time — perhaps as soon as March, when Clifton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent — the Packers will have to move on at one of the game’s most important positions. Considering Clifton’s age (33) and extensive injury history, as well as Packers General Manager Ted Thompson’s youth-first philosophy, that time probably is coming sooner than later.

So, how will the Packers fill the void at left tackle for the future?      

Chad Clifton has been fantastic for a long time, but his age is showing as his body is breaking down

Chad Clifton has been fantastic for a long time, but his age is showing as his body is breaking down

They’ll get a look at one option Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, where rookie T.J. Lang is expected to make his first NFL start because of Clifton’s recurring ankle injury.

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