Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

Packers signed CB Sam Shields to a four-year, $39 million contract.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

The Packers didn't use the franchise tag on CB Sam Shields or DT B.J. Raji before Monday afternoon's deadline.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers are "trying to give" free agent CB Sam Shields a deal worth less than $6 million annually.

Shields is believed to be seeking $7 million annually, so there's a fairly significant gap to be bridged. A deal signed by Bears CB Tim Jennings in January was worth $5.6 million per year, and Rapoport says that's where GM Ted Thompson values Shields. Shields' agent has made it clear through media reports that his client does not intend to re-sign with Green Bay before March 11.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

A league source confirmed to Profootballtalk.com that free agent CB Sam Shields will not sign with the Packers before the market opens on March 11.

ESPN's Adam Schefter had a similar report on Saturday, so it appears Shields' agent is spreading the news, perhaps as a negotiating ploy. The Packers won't overpay Shields with Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Davon House, and Micah Hyde all capable of playing prominent roles at corner. There have been whispers that Shields is seeking in the range of $25-28 million over four years.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Packers and free agent CB Sam Shields will not reach an agreement before free agency begins.

This comes as a surprise as all indications had been Shields and the Pack would work something out before free agency began. Sheilds could still return to Green Bay, but it looks like he will test the market first. Shields, 26, is Rotoworld's No. 6 free agent corner and could command $7 million annually.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel doesn't consider free agent CB Sam Shields a candidate for the franchise tag.

The Packers are currently in talks on a long-term deal for Shields and are expected to sign him before the start of free agency. Per reporter Tom Silverstein, he could command $7 million annually. Shields, 26, is Rotoworld's No. 6 corner available this offseason. He would cost $11.83 million if tagged.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

ESPN Green Bay reports contract talks between the Packers and free agent CB Sam Shields "heated up" over the weekend.

Per reporter Rob Demovsky, the talks are ongoing, and the sides sides are expected to be in "regular communication over the next several weeks." There's obvious motivation on both sides to get a deal done before free agency opens on March 11. Shields' agent Drew Rosenhaus has a reputation for playing ball with teams. Shields should sign a multi-year offer in the near future.

Sam Shields DB GB 6 Months

The Packers are expected to meet with free agent CB Sam Shields' player rep at the Combine.

Combine meetings are commonplace, but the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported late last month that the sides had been in "regular contact." The Pack are clearly motivated to lock their top corner up to a long-term deal, avoiding the roughly $11 million franchise tag. A former undrafted free agent, Shields has little incentive to agree to anything less than market value.

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A source tells the Journal-Sentinel that the Packers and free agent CB Sam Shields have been in regular contact.

The Packers want to re-sign Shields as a talented bookend to Tramon Williams. But the former undrafted free agent is going to go to the highest bidder, and position coach Joe Whitt Jr. didn't do the franchise any favors when it comes to leverage by calling Shields a top-10 NFL corner. Therefore, his return is considered "50-50" by the Journal-Sentinel's source as March creeps closer.

Sam Shields DB GB 7 Months

Packer Report's Bill Huber believes it's "increasingly likely" free agent CB Sam Shields will hit the open market.

Shields will surely seek to max out his contractual worth, which may put him out of conservative GM Ted Thompson's price range. Cornerback is arguably the deepest position on Green Bay's roster, with Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, Davon House, and Micah Hyde all under contract for 2014. Shiels isn't quite valuable enough to be a candidate for the Packers' franchise tag.