Sam Shields is the second of the Green Bay Packers‘ restricted free agents to receive the attention of team brass in the past 12 hours as they officially applied the second round tender on the cornerback.
Late yesterday the Packers placed the lowest tender on center Evan Dietrich-Smith, a move where the team risks losing the only player with experience at the center position currently on the roster. Because Dietrich-Smith was undrafted, the Packers would get no draft compensation if he decides to sign with another team.
For Shields, who was applied the middle level tender at $2.023 million, he would return a second round selection to the Packers if the much-improved cornerback signs with another team. It was actually expected that the Packers would apply the highest level tender on Shields because of his play during the second half of last season when he locked down the cornerback position opposite Tramon Williams.
Had the Packers offered the highest level tender, it would have meant a salary of $2.879 million, and would provide the team with a first round pick if another team signed him.
It seems the Packers are taking some risks with their restricted free agents so far, especially Shields, who is bound to garner some interest among the other 31 teams.
With the application of the tender to Shields, the Packers still have more decisions to make as they either apply a tender or let Robert Francois, Tom Crabtree and Frank Zombo walk.