GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers allowed Pro Bowl right guard T.J. Lang to leave in free agency, but replaced him with six-time Pro Bowler Jahri Evans on a one-year contract.
Details of the contract revealed by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show he’ll make up to $2.25 million, with a base salary of $1.15 million. Many pundits believe Lang would have commanded around $8 million per year to stay in Green Bay. He ultimately signed with Detroit on a three-year, $28.5 million deal.
The Evans deal nets him a $200,000 signing bonus, $800,000 per game roster bonus, $100,000 workout bonus, and $225,000 in other incentives.
Evans spent the first 11 seasons in New Orleans where he was named a First Team All-Pro guard four times. The Evans signing allowed Packers general manager Ted Thompson the flexibility in the NFL Draft to make trades and address defense.
PHILADELPHIA — Former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk waited longer than he thought, but was drafted 32nd overall by the New Orleans Saints to wrap up round one of the 2017 NFL Draft. Fellow Badger T.J. Watt went two picks earlier to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
An all-state selection as a high schooler in Stevens Point, Wis., Ramczyk passed up a scholarship offer from Paul Chryst when he was coaching at Pitt so that he could attend a local technical college. He was offered a chance to play for Division III Wisconsin | Stevens Point where he was a two-time all-conference selection.
Ramczyk made the jump to the Division I level at Wisconsin, sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, before making his impact felt in his 2016 campaign. He earned Associated Press All-American honors while starting every game for the Badgers.