On Wednesday, the Packers somewhat surprisingly elected to designate CB Makinton Dorleant as their player to return from injured reserve, which effectively ends RB Eddie Lacy and CB Sam Shields 2016 seasons.
Lacy suffered a foot injury that required surgery close to a month ago, but it seemed like he could be brought back later on in the year, especially if the Packers were pushing for a playoff spot.
However, the Packers are absolutely decimated on the defensive side of the ball, particularly in the secondary, so bringing back a cornerback now in the hope of improving the unit and keeping their playoff hopes open could be the right move.
Lacy, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Packers back in 2013. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $3.392 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $867,602 for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Lacy rushed for 360 yards on 71 carries (5.1 YPC) to go along with four receptions for 28 yards receiving and no touchdowns.
Shields, 28, wound up signing on with the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Miami back in 2010. He’s spent all six years of his career with the Packers and is currently in the third year of his four-year, $39 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $8 million this season.
In 2016, Shields appeared in one game and recorded three tackles for the Packers.
We have Lacy featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.