Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields and the Packers may be working on a new long-term contract. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers may be talking

The “imminent” signings of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews is an important step for the Green Bay Packers franchise, but there are those who feel that if the big money goes to those two players it’s going to be difficult for the Packers to sign other players – guys like Sam Shields.

But that might not be so – at least that’s not what we’re hearing tonight.

A report on published tonight indicates that the Packers and Shields’ agents may actually be talking about a long-term deal.

Shields, who was a restricted free agent this offseason, was offered a tender by the Packers and other teams had the opportunity to sign him, but we are aware of no other team that have shown an interest.

The Packers feel that Shields is an important spoke in their defensive wheel. Though Shields was a question mark heading into the 2012 campaign, he came on strong at the end of training camp, won a spot on the roster and played well for the first quarter of the season before suffering a foot injury in a win at Texas. He was out several weeks, but when he came back, he picked up where he had left off.

In fact, one of the bright spots in the Packers drubbing against San Francisco at the end of last season came when Shields picked off Colin Kaepernick early in the game and returned it for a touchdown.

Though reports say that the two sides are not close to reaching a deal, other teams have just two more days to offer contracts to restricted free agents. Should nobody offer Shields a contract, expect his negotiations with the Packers to heat up.

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