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Sam Shields

So Sam Shields wants to play hardball. Although the Green Bay Packers were supposedly trying hard to re-sign Shields, who will be a free agent on March 11, the team’s No. 1 cornerback plans on testing the market.

That was a shot across the Packers’ bow. For the time being, they have little leverage. And unless the free agent market is soft for cornerbacks, they’re not getting any back.

It’s possible Shields isn’t worth what he’s asking for. He’s considered the fourth or fifth-best cornerback on the market by most, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes, the beholder is desperate.

This is exactly the reason we said the Packers blew it by not signing Shields to a long-term deal prior to or during the 2013 season. They could have paid him a lot less last summer than he’s currently asking for.

Now, there’s a very real chance the Packers are going to lose Shields.

The good news is there are plenty of options available to replace him.

Would we like to see Shields stay? Yes, of course.

Are the Packers dead without him? Not even close.

There are several very solid cornerbacks available in free agency. We shouldn’t forget that corner is one of the deepest positions on the team either.

Monty McMahon

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



  1. Nick Perry March 2, 2014

    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 March 2, 2014

    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 March 2, 2014

    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. Remedy March 2, 2014

    Would rather have Shields than Frank Grimes or Ice Up Son

  5. Cheese March 2, 2014

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

  6. GBslacker March 2, 2014

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

    Looks like Shields is as good as gone.

  7. TyKo Steamboat March 2, 2014

    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

  8. 8BitEra March 2, 2014

    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.

  9. big gay clay March 2, 2014

    Aquib Talib is who I like. The guys very physical hitter and jams wr at the line. We need him

    1. TyKo Steamboat March 3, 2014

      He played like a top-5 corner last year. Yes

      Name 5 better than him. I can think of maybe 4

  10. the real russ letlow March 3, 2014

    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.

  11. Iltarion March 3, 2014

    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.

  12. [email protected] March 5, 2014

    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.