Here Are Sam Shields’ Contract Numbers

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Sam Shields

Sam Shields

The Green Bay Packers paid cornerback Sam Shields all right. As you well know, he got a four-year deal worth $39 million. That included a $12.5 million signing bonus.

What we didn’t know until today is how the deal breaks down. Tom Silverstein was the first to report the particulars, as far as we know.

Initially, the first-year compensation was reported to be $15 million. We figured that equaled a pretty huge hit to this year’s salary cap. Not the case. The contract will become a salary cap burden in its later years though.

Here are the most important number as they pertain to the Packers — the salary cap numbers.

  • 2014: $5.562,500
  • 2015: $9.125 million
  • 2016: $12.125 million
  • 2017: $12.125 million

The deal averages $9.75 million per season, which currently has Shields tied for the third-highest paid corner in the league. It also makes him the third-highest paid player on the Packers after Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.

Here are how the base salaries break down.

  • 2014: $1.5 million
  • 2015: $2.5 million
  • 2016: $8 million
  • 2017: $8 million

You’re probably wondering how the hell the salary cap numbers jump up from those base salaries. Well, first the signing bonus is spread over all four years of the contract, so you can add $3.125 million to each base salary.

You can also add some roster bonus money. Silverstein says Shields will get a $2.5 million bonus in 2015 and $500,000 bonuses in all four seasons of the deal. Those bonuses are providing he’s on the roster for all 16 games, of course.

There are also $500,000 workout bonuses in all four years of the deal.

So, Shields better be an All-Pro by the second year of this deal.

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6 Comments on "Here Are Sam Shields’ Contract Numbers"

  1. RW

    The way I see it he will have to renegotiate or be cut after 2015 (unless of course he becomes an All Pro). There’s no way the Packers pay him 12 million plus the last two years.

  2. Iltarion

    I see some good things here for the Packers and for Shields.

    For Shields, he gets $21 M in the first two years, including a $2.5 M roster bonus next year that he gets to collect on the 5th day of the league year, which is essentially a year from today. That means he’s getting $17.5 M for one season of work. NICE.

    For the Packers, they have a small cap hit for this season, which frees them up for other signings. Of course, A-Rod’s contract last offseason freed up $10 M in cap space, and the Packers chose to carry it over to this season rather than use it. So, no guarantee that the Packers will be using the cap space that this contract gives them.

    The bonuses are also a nice plus for the Packers, because none of them except the signing bonus is guaranteed. That means the signing bonus is the only dead money attached to the contract if the Packers need to cut bait.

    Keep in mind 2 things: 1) Sam Shields is a young guy. The hope/belief here is that you get the guy for cheap one season, at his value next season, and if at that time he’s proven to be a franchise type corner, then you can extend him again, lowering his cap hit by giving him some more guaranteed money.
    2) The cap is expected to rise in 2016 thanks to the TV contract. Depending on how much the cap rises, a $12 M hit to the cap might not be a much larger percentage of the cap then a $9 M hit in 2015 will be.

  3. the real russ letlow

    all I’ve seen looks like a good deal for the Pack and Shields. He gets the big signing bonus $$$, we get cap friendly numbers the first two years and nothing is guaranteed but the signing bonus. If he craps out, we can dump him and not be too bad off.

  4. chad lundberg

    Saints just signed Byrd for 9 million a year. Less than what were paying shields. I’m not a TT hater, but certainly for today, FUCK HIM. Fuck him and mark murphy! Fucking clowns.

    • Shawn Neuser

      Byrd got $28 M guaranteed to Shields’ $12.5 M. That is what matters. The average salary over the full length of the contract means next to nothing since a renegotiation can happen any year.

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