The Green Bay Packers are keeping a key cog of their defense, agreeing to a contract with cornerback Sam Shields on Saturday. The news was tweeted out by Shields' agent, Drew Rosenhaus.
According to various media reports, Shields is getting a four-year contract worth $39 million.
Shields also turned to Twitter Saturday night, posting: "Sooooooo happy to be back with my family #GoPack!!!!!! #turnup."
Shields, who turned 26 this past December, was eligible be to given the franchise tag by Green Bay, which would have guaranteed the cornerback $11.834 million in 2014. But the Packers did not go that route, allowing Shields to become an unrestricted free agent.
Teams can start signing free agents from other teams Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT, but could talk to players beginning Saturday at 11 a.m.
A young starting cornerback like Shields was bound to demand good money on the open market and general manager Ted Thompson and the Packers had to pony up a deal which averages $9.75 million per year. ...