Packers CB Sam Shields mentioned that his agent has been in contact with the Packers regarding a contract extension, but there isn’t a lot of optimism that a deal will be reached at some point in the near future.
“Yeah, they have (been negotiating) a little bit,” Shields said, via the Green Bay Press Gazette. “But something we’re not agreeing with. Things happen like that. There’s still some negotiation going on.”
Shields, 26, is in the final year of his current deal and will be an unrestricted free agent in a matter months. The Packers generally try to lockup players to long-term deals months before free agency opens, but it appears as though Shields will get an opportunity to test the open market.
He is coming off of a solid performance that included a huge interception against the Cowboys. On top of that, he has been arguably the Packers best corner for a few years now.
There is at least a remote chance that Green Bay could use their franchise tag on him, but that would cost them close to $11.3 million in 2014, which really seems too high in my opinion. Shields could end up making as much $8 million annually in his next contract and the Packers will have some cap space to work with, so we’ll have to see how talks progress in the coming months.
We have Shields listed as the No. 24 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.