Sep 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) lines up across from San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman (27) during the game at Lambeau Field. The 49ers defeated the Packers 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Shields Could Earn Big Payday

Recently, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport sent out a tweet about the efforts that the Green Bay Packers have gone to in order to sign their young cornerback Sam Shields to a long term deal.

RappaportIt sounds as though Green Bay was hoping to entice Shields into a long term deal with a small investment.  Although the Green Bay Packers are currently one of the teams with the most salary cap room available, they have always been known as being a somewhat stingy organization when it comes to paying their non-superstars.

However, Shields is an important part of the Packers defense that should have been a top priority.  By letting him hit free agency, it is all but assured that he will receive an offer of at least a million dollars a year more than what Green Bay is offering according to Rapoport.

Minnesota could be one of the teams bidding for the services of Shields.  The Vikings will be looking for a cornerback to start opposite Xavier Rhodes.  However, there could be a big bidding war for a young corner with excellent cover skills.


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