Sam Shields lines up against the Vikings. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Sam Shields in the fold – for at least one more season


Sam Shields returns an interception against the 49ers.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields is $2 million richer – that’s because it’s been reported across the inter web that he has signed his restricted free agent tender.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shields’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, met personally with Packers officials and that he will be attending this week’s mandatory minicamp. So, in other words, he will not be holding out and is officially a member of the team for at least another season.

If Shields and the Packers don’t reach an agreement on a long-term deal he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

Shields came into camp last year and had a shaky start to his preseason, but he played through that start and turned it up during the last couple of weeks of preseason and stood out early in the regular season. That was until he got hurt against the Houston Texans and missed several weeks.

He again came on strong at the end of the season to solidify his status on the team and it’s important that he get into camp as soon as possible because there is going to be plenty of competition at the cornerback position.

Playing in 12 games last year, Shields recorded 39 tackles, had five interceptions and 14 pass break-ups.

In addition to Tramon Williams, Shields will be competing against Davon House, Casey Hayward and rookie Micah Hyde. With Shields in place, the defensive backfield gets that much stronger and becomes one of the strengths of the defense.

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