Sam Shields returns an interception in 2010. Could he be playing elsewhere in 2014? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Report: Green Bay Packers and Sam Shields can’t connect


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’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.

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  • Tong

    What is TT doing?!!!!! Sam Shields needs to come back!

    • David Burdette

      I wouldn’t blame TT as much as Rosenhaus. That guy has always been a pain.

    • Mike Brand

      he turned down 7 mil is he worth more than that i thought 7 mil was to much. shields is not a top 10 corner in the nfl look it up he is not even a top 15 and yet he wants to be the highest paid corner. he and his agent is about to have a really big rude awakening and i have a feeling shields might be back in green bay at 5-6 mil a year if not i hear the vikings overpay for packers players

      • Tong

        Yes! I do agree he’s not a top 10 corner in the NFL, but he still reliable for Green Bay, I hope the Packers sign a very good cornerback, even though I do believe someone will overpaid for Shields

        • Mike Brand

          yep i think the browns or the vikings over pay him . i think he is a 4-5 mil a year player but anything after that i would rather signe an elite corner off free agent for a bit more and get better service

          • Tong

            Yes, he is worth no more than 5 mil and I think the Vikings might go after him just like they did Jennings. The Packers better get a very high corner in free agency because davon house, jarrett bush, and micah hyde are not the deal, I’m anxious to see who TT will sign

          • Mike Brand

            i wish ted thompson would go after verner or talib either of those guys would fix that hole in the back field . still hope we draft pryor to add back there as well he if he can move forward in the nfl would be that guy to force turn overs

          • Tong

            I’ll be surprise if ted thompson goes after one of those guys, I want to see who he is going to pick up since he choose not to bring back Shields, because it better be worth not bringing Shields back, Yes! verner and talib would be awesome pickups, but knowing ted, he might not even look that direction. I want the Packers to draft Pryor too! but I have a feeling their gonna draft another DE in the first round before drafting a safety, but hope I’m wrong

  • Mike Brand

    i hear we offered shield 7 mil a year he and his agent laughed at it. here is the think with shields he is a good player not great but good i think 7 mil was to much . there are 3 corners in free agency better than shields that will jump at the offer we made shields . . shields is not even a top 10 corner in the nfl and yet he wants to be the highest paid one. let him go break somebody else’s bank we will be just fine. hayward can learn his role and i think is by far a better corner .

    • Randall

      I totally agree, this guy and his agent want top money and he´s a good player but not elite, we can sign for around that kind of money to Aqib Talib, Alterraun Verner or Vontae Davis if not sign a top FA Safety or sign Orakpo, he can come for around 9 million p/y par him with Mathews and you have the preasure you need for make any CB in the league a good one, then pick a DT, ILB and CB in the draft, we still have a promising prospect in Hayward.

      • Randall

        Of course draft S too if you don’t sign one in FA