The Green Bay Packers are on it, yo! The Packers have said they want to re-sign free agent cornerback Sam Shields and it appears that ain’t no jive talk.
Rob Demovsky is reporting that the Packers met with Shields’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, over the weekend at the scouting combine. Both sides would like to get a new deal for Shields done before free agency begins on March 11.
Nothing is in place yet, but talks are ongoing, which is a good sign something will get done soon.
Shields is coming off a season in which he played for the one-year, $2.023 million restricted free agent tender. He went out and let his play do the talking for him, registering 61 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defended. All were career highs and Shields led the team in the latter two categories.
He also established himself as the Packers’ No. 1 corner.
Shields is reportedly seeking a contract that averages a little over $5 million per season. That’s a pretty reasonable rate for a top-flight cornerback.
The Packers have around $30 million in cap space available.