Green Bay Packers’ Options for Replacing Sam Shields

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Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins

Brent Grimes

Brent Grimes is considered the top free agent cornerback in the class of 2014 by just about everybody, except probably Sam Shields and Drew Rosenhaus.

Like Shields, Grimes played 2013 on a one-year deal. The Miami Dolphins signed him after he missed all but one game of 2012 with an Achilles injury. Essentially, they said prove it and like Shields, he did.

Grimes reestablished himself as a top-tier corner, registering 60 tackles, four interceptions (one for a TD), and 17 passes defended. He also made the Pro Bowl in 2013, the second of his career. That’s two more Pro Bowls than Shields has made.

For further comparison, Shields had one more tackle, the same number of picks and one less pass defended and touchdown in 2013.

The Dolphins are supposedly making a push to re-sign Grimes before free agency opens, but we all know how those things can go.

While Grimes would make a nice replacement for Shields, that scenario looks unlikely to us. Grimes is 30 and obviously there are very few players 30 and above who are of any use to the Packers. Besides that, Grimes will be asking for more than Shields and he’ll probably get it.

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14 Comments on "Green Bay Packers’ Options for Replacing Sam Shields"

  1. Bush as the dime back, are you serious? That is every Packers fan worst nightmare. It’s like having Marshall Newhouse at LT, nothing good can come from it. Another option at CB is Thurmond of the Seahawks. He’s 25, physical, and can play man to man. He also won’t be as pricey as most that have been mentioned. I love Talib but I think he stays in New England.

  2. Chad Lundberg

    I agree that Bush plays much better than earlier in his career, that being said, I don’t think he would even be on anyone’s roster if he wasn’t an ace on special teams.

    Also, I wouldn’t gamble on Burnett rebounding. He was solid his first 3 years, but he was just THAT BAD last year. Pack should draft DB in the early rounds regardless of Shields. Someone needs to at least light a fire under Burnett.

  3. John

    Hayward is a very good slot but not enough speed to handle megaton and Marshall. Most likely house 6-1 and 4.4 speed will get first shot! But this is even more of a need for more pressure from OLB’s and Dline to help!!!

  4. Cheese

    I remember when they drafted Burnett. Everyone acted like he was going to be the next Nick Collins. Not even close….

  5. GBslacker

    With the exception of that Star Wars guy, none of them are worth a shit.

    Looks like Shields is as good as gone.

  6. TyKo Steamboat

    Unfortunately we have only 1 first round draft pick & not 2…Here is the drafts best available corners:

    1. Justin Gilbert, Okey St.
    2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    3. Bradley Roby, Ohio St.
    4. Jason Verrett, TCU
    5. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

  7. 8BitEra

    A few, if not all, of these guys are going to command more on the open market than Shields is. If TT won’t re-sign Shields, then I don’t see these guys as options. Save for the ones already under contract w/GB.

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  9. the real russ letlow

    If Shields leaves, Ted drafts or signs another CB, whoever that may be. I agree – most of us would like to see Shields stay, at a reasonable price. But if he goes, we’re not that bad off.

  10. Shawn Iltarion

    Simple. You draft the best CB or safety available, whoever you like more. If it is corner, then Hyde goes to safety. If it is a safety, then Hyde stays in the slot while either House or Hayward get the outside.

  11. nurseratchett@work

    Based on history, the odds are against TT doing much in free agency, especially for a player that may demand too much. I can’t see them signing a free agent for more than they offered Shields.

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