Sam Shields Has Signed His Tender

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Sam Shields

Sam Shields

Sam Shields will be at the Green Bay Packers mandatory minicamp this week. After his agent Drew Rosenhaus showed up in Green Bay today, Shields agreed to sign his one-year restricted free agent tender.

That’s not really the result Shields wanted and it may not be the result the Packers wanted, but it gets Shields on the field. He had been a no-show for the Packers OTAs thus far.

The deal will pay Shields $2.023 million this season. We know he wanted a long-term contract and the Packers were said to be negotiating one before the draft.

If Shields plays out this deal, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next year. That could very well mean he’ll sign somewhere else. If Shields has a big year, there’s little chance the Packers will be able to afford him after the season. That’s why it behooves everyone to get a long-term deal done now. It gives Shields the security he wants and the Packers one less contract to worry about.

Shields was the Packers most consistent corner in 2012. Although they’re deep at the position, having Shields under contract gives the Packers some options. Instead of facing the loss of Shields, the Packers could look at cutting Tramon Williams‘ $6 million salary off the books after the season.

The way it stands, Shields will join a group that includes B.J. Raji, James Jones and Jermichael Finley as unrestricted free agents in 2014.

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10 Comments on "Sam Shields Has Signed His Tender"

  1. FITZCORE1252

    Seriously though, we need to lock this kid up long term. I know we look deep at CB right now, but that can change fast. He’s a talent… We need to keep him around.

    • Phatgzus

      Word is they are still working out a long=term deal. This is likely just to get him into TC, which benefits both him and the Packers.

  2. Shawn Iltarion

    Are you going to pay big money for a CB who doesn’t start in the base? No.

    Well, there is no guarantee that he will. Tramon has one position and Casey Hayward may have the other. Plus, Davon House is still out there. All three of those guys have more of the size that you look for in an outside CB.

    Shields is best suited for the slot corner, but he has never played that spot.

    It is a good idea for the Packers to wait this out yet. Not so much to see what Shields will do, but to see what Hayward and House do.

    Surprised Shields didn’t take another couple weeks, but I guess he got the word. The longer Hayward plays with the #1s, the less likely he’ll ever get removed.

    • Phatgzus

      I agree with the sentiment of depth at CB, but I wouldn’t necessarily say he is best-suited for corner, I think if he can build on last season, he can very well be a no. 2 CB at the least; however, he does have major competition from Tramon, Hayward, and even House-thus speaking to the Packers depth at corner.

      TT’s ability to find talent at the offensive and defensive skill positions really is amazing…

    • 8BitEra

      I think Williams may be on the way out. True to TT form, he’s getting a bit up there in age (30) and unless he plays absolutely lights out, he could easily be sent packing. Personally, I feel he’ll be sent packing regardless and the expected “youth movement” will ensue, leaving Shields to pick up some or all of the money letting Tramon walk will free up.

      Alternatively, if Williams sticks through the end of his deal next season and Finley goes after this year, there’s still money to spread around.

      My only worry is that Shields has been a little up and down. He could very well end up getting his big contract and pulling his foot off the gas pedal, so to speak.

    • 8BitEra

      I think Williams may be on the way out. True to TT form, he’s getting a bit up there in age (30) and unless he plays absolutely lights out, he could easily be sent packing. Personally, I feel he’ll be sent packing regardless and the expected “youth movement” will ensue, leaving Shields to pick up some or all of the money letting Tramon walk will free up.

      Alternatively, if Williams sticks through the end of his deal next season and Finley goes after this year, there’s still money to spread around.

      My only worry is that Shields has been a little up and down. He could very well end up getting his big contract and pulling his foot off the gas pedal, so to speak.

  3. FITZCORE1252

    Tramon is not long for the GBP. He won’t get another contract, it’s a vintage Ted scenario. Found a diamond in the rough, got what he could from him at relatively inexpensive rates… Let him go a year early rather than a year late.

  4. ballz

    hmm… not to worried about this… hopefully he has a huge year and gets paid by someone else. We’ve got others who can step up and take his place.

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