Cornerback Sam Shields is set to become a restricted free agent next month
With all due respect to the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, I really don’t think the decision facing general manager Ted Thompson when it comes to restricted free agent corner Sam Shields is all that tough.
Thompson will have to offer a tender to Shields prior to the start of free agency in March. The highest tender costs roughly $2.4 million and sets compensation at a first-round pick, the middle tender costs $1.6 million and sets compensation at a second-round pick and the low tender costs $850,000 and sets compensation at the round in which the player was drafted. Since Shields was not drafted, there would be no compensation. Regardless of the tender used, the Packers would have the right to match any offer.
The obvious move would be to use the middle tender on Shields. No general manager is going to give up a second-round pick for an undersized cornerback who still has a lot to prove. As well as the f...