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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