That’s because he has until 10:59 p.m. CDT to sign an offer sheet with any of the other 31 teams in the National Football League and it doesn’t look like he’s had an offer from anybody.
That’s good news for the Packers who will pay him just more than $2 million to rejoin the team for at least one more season. If Shields were to sign another offer sheet, the Packers would have the right to match the offer to keep his services. If the Packers didn’t match the offer, they would receive a second round compensatory pick in next year’s draft for his loss.
According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today, Shields must sign his tender by June 15 – if he doesn’t, the Packers could limit his salary by 10 percent of the year prior. Of course, the team and Shields could also come to an agreement to extend his contract for multiple years prior to June 15. It was reported a couple of days ago that the two sides were close to an extension.
Shields, though injured for a stretch of about five games last season, started the season strong, got hurt, and then came back and played strong in the final quarter of the season – a fact that helped his cause and upped his status in the eyes of the team’s coaches and management.
So, without any kind of late night surprise, it looks like Shields will once again be competing for a job in the Packers’ defensive backfield – an area of strength on the team.