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Report: Contract Talks Between Packers & Sam Shields Have “Heated Up”

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that talks between the Green Bay Packers and CB Sam Shields have “heated up” in recent days.

Shields agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reportedly met with the Packers over the weekend at the Scouting Combine to see if a deal could be reached before the start of free agency.

Demovsky adds that negotiations are still “ongoing,” but the two sides are expected to be in regular contact over the next “several weeks.”

Green Bay has said that Shields is among their offseason priorities, so it will be interesting to see if they are willing to pay him a market-value contract in order to prevent him from hitting the open market in the coming weeks.

Shields, 26, has developed into a very solid player for the Packers since he went undrafted in 2010. Statistically, Shields’ 2013 season wasn’t off the charts, but he did manage to contribute 61 tackles, four interceptions and 17 passes defensed. According to Pro Football Focus, his catch-allowed rate was 50 percent which ranks as No. 8 in the NFL for qualifying cornerbacks.

We have Shields listed as the No. 25 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.