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.
It 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.