Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) deflects a pass from Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Packers beat the Cowboys 37-36. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Shields Will Test Free Agency

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news today that the Green Bay Packers and Sam Shields will not be able to come to terms on a new deal prior to the beginning of free agency.

This is good news for Vikings fans.  Even they are still more interested in other free agent corners like Alterraun Verner, Brent Grimes, or Vontae Davis, this puts another body out there to drive prices down a touch and allow teams another option on players to recruit.

That isn’t to undersell what Shields has accomplished in 2013.  Here is some information about his play last season:

  • Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) breaks up a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

    900 snaps played

  • Only allowed 50% of passes thrown his way to be caught
  • 16 passes defended
  • 4 interceptions
  • 51 tackles

Minnesota could throw a serious offfer Shields’ way.  His youth and cover ability make him a very appealing target, although he would command a price tag of around $7 million per year.  Of course, there’s always a chance that he will test free agency just to get leverage with his former club in Green Bay, but a big payday would be very hard for the young cornerback to resist.

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  • 3kolu

    Another speedy corner with ball skills hitting the market, just what the doctor ordered.

  • Ken Tomlin

    I would prefer Verner, but Shields would be a great FA pickup. He’d probably be cheaper than Verner. Sign either one in FA, trade down from 8 and get extra picks, draft Joyner at lower rd 1 pick, then get another CB who can play nickel and our secondary improves instantly!

  • David Mallow

    Iwouldnt hesitate givivng him 5 years and 35 million. He is an instant starter and is very good in man and press which Zimmer likes to run. Verner or Shields would be the best way to go. Grimes is much older, and Davis will be the most expensive of the 4. All the scenerios they can put together are very exciting.SKOL