Found May 21, 2013 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It was a successful few months for the Green Bay Packers' front office, locking in long-term deals with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and outside linebacker Clay Matthews. But one player whose contract the team hasn't addressed yet is Sam Shields, and the 25-year-old cornerback let his dissatisfaction be known when he decided not to show up for the Packers' offseason training activities. "I wish Sam was here," coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. "He's not here for his specific reasons that I'm sure if he wants to answer them, he can answer them. It's about the opportunity to compete and our secondary is very competitive. "I wish he was here." Shields was given a second-round tender as a restricted free agent in March that is worth 2.023 million for the 2013 season. It may be a difficult battle for Shields to win in contract talks with the Packers. Working in Shields' favor is that he started eight games last season and intercepted three passes. Since making the team in 2010 as an undrafted free agent, Shields has started a total of 21 games and has nine interceptions while showing improvement each year. Working against Shields in his negotiations is Green Bay's deep and talented group of cornerbacks. Tramon Williams is the veteran who's started all but one game over the past three seasons. Casey Hayward finished third in the Rookie of the Year race last season after ranking fifth in the NFL in interceptions with six. Davon House was arguably the best cornerback in training camp last season before a preseason shoulder injury kept him out two months. The Packers also drafted Micah Hyde in the fifth round last month. One of Shields' closest friends on the team, safety Morgan Burnett, is trying to adjust to not having him around. "It's different not seeing Sam, because that's who I'm with all the time," Burnett said. "It's different not having Sam here. Hopefully he'll be here soon and I can have my buddy back." In their conversations, Shields never mentioned anything about his contract situation to Burnett. "When I talk to Sam, we don't talk about football," Burnett said. "We talk about how each other's offseasons have been going, talk about our family; laughing and joking and reminiscing about old times." The Packers have around 13 million in cap space for the 2013 season, even after inking Rodgers and Matthews to huge contracts. With the recent exception of wide receiver Greg Jennings, general manager Ted Thompson typically re-signs the team's own free agents. But Thompson is also the type to rarely overpay. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.

Sam Shields skips OTA’s

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers cornerback Sam Shields didn’t show for Tuesday’s organized team activities.  It likely has to do with that fact that he wants a long-term contract. A restricted free agent, Shields has not signed his tender with the team. Coach Mike McCarthy would not offer a specific reason for Shields not practicing, but Shields is likely...

Packers’ Desmond Bishop Thinks He is DPOY Caliber

Green Bay Packers linebacker Demond Bishop started 13 games in 2011 to help lift the Packers to a 15-1 record, but in 2012, never made his way back to the turf after a disappointing hamstring injury got in his way. As a result, Bishop was a heavy favorite to be traded a month ago by Ted Thompson, but now looks likely to remain in green and gold for at least one more year. Most players...

Packers sign QB-turned-receiver Gillett

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers added another wide receiver to their group, signing Alex Gillett out of Eastern Michigan. Gillett, listed by the team at 6-foot-1 and 214 pounds, was mostly a quarterback in college, starting 30 games at that position. He only started three games at wide receiver, catching 14 passes for 132 yards. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.

Charles Woodson should forget about returning to ‘The Town’ as a Raider and become a king in the ‘Queen City of the West’ as a Bronco

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports unemployed Future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson is “intrigued” by the idea of returning to Oakland to play for the Raiders. Clipped by the Green Bay Packers in February, the 36-year-old Woodson was taken by Oakland out of the University of Michigan fourth overall in the 1998 draft. Coming off a 4-12 finish in the AFC West, Oakland will struggle...

Charles Woodson Ready To Take Back The Silver and Black

Right now as it stands Monday evening, Charles Woodson remains a free agent.  Tomorrow, the Oakland Raiders plan to meet with the veteran defensive back with the hope of bringing him back to the Silver and Black, where he first suited up in an NFL uniform. Photo Credit: While several other teams have inquired about his services over the last couple of months, and the...

Rather than playing for a Super Bowl contender in Denver, Charles Woodson is a Raider competing with a hideous team in ‘The Town’

Either due to nostalgia or stinginess, Charles Woodson agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.8 million to rejoin the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday night. Taken by Oakland out of the University of Michigan fourth overall in the 1998 draft, the 36-year-old Woodson also landed a $700,000 signing bonus from the Raiders. Clipped by the Green Bay Packers in February, The Denver Post reports...

Packers Over-Under: 10.5 Wins

Hot News for QB Green Bay Packers

Raiders plan for Woodson visit

Charles Woodson will receive quite a greeting from Oakland Raiders fans when he makes a free agent visit to the team's facilities on Tuesday. A few of his potential teammates in Oakland will give him a warm reception as well. Woodson spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Raiders after being selected with the fourth overall pick in 1998. He signed with Green Bay following...

Charles Woodson Back With the Oakland Raiders

Recently free agent veteran defensive back Charles Woodson wondered publicly why he and some other quality veterans (i.e. Brian Urlacher, Dwight Freeney, etc.) were still without jobs. They might be older, but they can still get the job done as good if not better than these young bucks! Freeney signed with the Chargers over the weekend and now Woodson is off the market as well...

Healthy Williams Ready For Added Challenge

At the ripe old age of 30, Tramon Williams will take on added leadership responsibilities without Charles Woodson while trying to recapture the form from his brilliant 2010.

Charles Woodson rejoins Raiders

Hot News for CB Charles Woodson

Andy “Nard Dog” Bernard’s Autotuned “Sit...

Andy “Nard Dog” Bernard’s Autotuned “Sit Here and Cry” feat. Aaron Rodgers.

Charles Woodson Signs One Year Deal with Raiders

Wasn’t much of a market for Woodson, so he decided to come back to his original team. Charles Woodson is returning to the Raiders. He’s agreed to a one-year deal — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) May 22, 2013

Charles Woodson heading back to Oakland

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Charles Woodson, has learned. Woodson, who spent his first eight seasons in Oakland, agreed to a seven-year deal with the Green Bay Packers in 2006. In February, the cornerback was released. Since then, Woodson has visited with a handful of teams including the 49ers and Broncos. Ultimately, the...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.