Sam Shields Plans to Test the Market

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Sam Shields

Sam Shields

The Green Bay Packers have been working to get cornerback Sam Shields re-signed. Negotiations were reportedly heating up last week.

Now, there’s a report that Shields plans to test the market.

Per a league source, Shields won’t sign with the Packers before March 8, the day on which other teams may contact the agents for players due to become free agents on March 11.

The four-year veteran will test the market before making a decision on his next NFL contract.

That could be bad news for the Packers, although Shields is considered only the fourth-best free agent cornerback in most rankings.

Miami’s Brent Grimes, New England’s Aqib Talib, Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner and possibly Indianapolis’ Vontae Davis all appear to be more coveted than Shields.

That doesn’t mean Shields won’t draw interest, though. And if we know anything about free agency, it’s that teams tend to throw a lot of money at cornerbacks.

Shields was reportedly seeking a little over $5 million per season from the Packers. Why they wouldn’t give him that much is beyond us.

Someone surely will be willing to pay that in free agency. If the Packers are taking a hard-line approach to this negotiation, which now seems fairly likely, it just might cost them.

By saying he won’t sign before free agency begins, Shields now has all the leverage. The only way the Packers get it back is if there’s a really poor market for cornerbacks.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

20 Comments on "Sam Shields Plans to Test the Market"

    • Tobey

      Glad TT didn’t “tag” ’em and heres why: Very simply…he isn’t THAT good. Yeah, hes a good corner, solid…but he isn’t THAT good. Shitcan the “homer” in ya for a minute and ask yourself truthfully; is he one of the elite corners in the league? And the answer comes back solidly, “NO”…he isn’t.
      While we all tend to love our Packers and appreciate what they’ve done (maybe too much so)…signing him at nearly 12 million for one year…isn’t prudent. Agreed?

  1. Korey from Richfield

    Sam Shields has a ridiculously huge tattoo of a Packer Championship ring on his neck. Not the best impression when trying to interview for another NFL team. Just saying….

  2. Tyler

    I know it was reported that SS was looking for around 5 mil a year but I don’t think that is true at all. The Packers would absolutely be willing to pay that. Just my opinion but I would guess he is looking more around the 8 mil range

  3. Sean

    No…he wants more than 5 million per year…he wants the structure of Jennings contract (which is half of the contract guaranteed) but with more money.

    Packers don’t want to guarantee half of a contract for someone who has had some injury problems.

    Also with the cap going up as much as it has…Rosenhaus probaly feels like he can find someone to overpay for Shields who may or may not develop into an elite corner.

    • Phatgzus

      This-that/those meeting(s) were just the weigh-ins to see where everyone stood on Shields’ value. As much as I/we hate him, Rosenhaus is a pretty capable agent and he knows it’s highly likely nothing will be gained by signing a contract w/ TT w/o even testing Shields’ value on the market. Let the waiting and finger-crossing officially commence.

  4. KregN.

    I don’t know how much stock I would put into the report that he was seeking around $5mil/yr. His agent is the biggest Douche Bag in all of professional sports…..there is no way Drew thinks that Sam is worth $3mil/yr less than his own teammate, Tramon. NO WAY. TT would have totally given Sam $5mil/yr. This report has got to be inaccurate.
    Monty said in his story before the $5m report that it would cost 7-9mil to sign Sam. That’s why we were all like, “Sign Him, Sign him now Dammit!!!” He never was seeking $5mil/yr and now we get to see what he is actually worth. Funkn’ Drew, he fills all of his clients heads with overinflated BS so he can buy another yacht. What an ass-crack.

  5. Bobby S

    No worries, Ted will uncover another of his gem street free agents like MD….what a dick. We have two, count ’em two playmakers on defense and he’s going to let one get away with $30m + to spend. Only X factor is if the $ he’s looking for was another Ian Rappaport bullshit story. Bottom line TT is exasperating

  6. the real russ letlow

    Has Shields played a full season yet? some injury history, to inlcude going out of SB XLV and the playoff game vs 49ers last year. There is some risk to the Packers with Shields. Don’t want to pay big bucks for a part-timer. I have mixed feelings here. I would love to see the Packers re-sign Shields, but I hope they don’t overpay him just to keep him. There is 10 days before free agency and his agent says they can’t agree on a contract and we’re going to test the waters of free agency? come on man, if you want to get something done you have a week and a half. Negotiate, thats his job and Russ Ball’s job. Is he trying to scare TT? Thompson is one dude I wouldn’t play chicken with.

  7. Shawn Iltarion

    Ah, TT found this guy. If TT didn’t give this undersized WR who no one else wanted a shot to play corner, he wouldn’t have ever been in Green Bay at all.

    So, criticizing TT for not paying God knows how much to keep him is pretty idiotic.

    This guy was never staying. Don’t buy the news reports, which were probably leaked by Rosenhaus himself. Dude played college ball in Miami.

    Miami, where it is probably 80 degrees right now. It was below zero today in the grand ole north. Below zero on March 1st. We broke the record- most days below zero in one winter.

    Yeah, another banner day around here.

    And you expect this guy to stay here for a discount? Hahaha….

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  9. GBslacker

    Just blow it up.
    Get rid of the entire defense.

    Dump Pickett, Raji, Jolly, Wilson, Neal, Hawk, Jones, Shields.
    Re-neg with TWilliams.
    Re-neg with Burnett.

    Just clean house.

    I’m so sick of this lackluster bunch: I SUCK LESS THAN THIS GUY, SO PAY ME !

    A shit player or dead cap money — SAME DIFFERENCE.

    • Shawn Iltarion

      Its not the same, slacker.

      Dead money prevents you from paying someone else to replace shit player.

      Dead money prevents you from improving other positions, which may offset shit player.

      Dead money is worse.

      • GBslacker

        I hear you, but…

        If you pay the shit player, you don’t have money to replace him.

        If you DON’T pay the shit player, you don’t have money to replace him.

        Paying the shit player prevents you from improving other positions.

        It’s almost as if “shit player” is interchangeable with “dead money.”

        Yes, there is the accelerated signing bonus money that comes due…

        But… IMO, it’s better to swallow that pill than let the players think they have you over a barrel.

        The main thing I’m emphasizing is that a player’s (non)performance should trump contracts.

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