Leading up to today, all reports had the Green Bay Packers and Sam Shields seeing eye-to-eye on somehow coming to an agreement on a contract that would keep the Packers top pass defender on the Lambeau Field turf.
In fact, I wrote just this morning that Sam Shields has got to be the happiest man in the Packers’ locker room.
That was until late this morning when profootballtalk.com’s Mike Florio reported that Shields will not sign with the Packers before the start of free agency on March 8 (when actual discussions with other teams can begin).
Shields’ top target, according to Florio, is the Cleveland Browns.
The Packers, who are sitting on top of a mound of cash – nearly $35 million in salary cap room, certainly have the revenue to expend toward a new contract with Shields, so it comes as a surprise that the two sides can’t come to a meeting of the minds on a dollar amount for Shields.
But the old saying that “business is business” surely strikes home this morning with this announcement.
Should the Packers not be able to strike a deal with Shields, it surely will have an impact on the Packers’ draft plans. While safety is a huge need, one has to wonder if the Packers may switch directions and try to hit home on a cornerback … would Justin Gilbert be a prime target?
It’s interesting how a simple breakdown in negotiations could change the entire outlook for one team’s future plans, thus possibly changing the picture for the entire draft makeup.
This is certainly a situation that we will continue to watch and comment on in the coming weeks.