The Green Bay Packers will have Sam Shields back in the defensive secondary next season, as news emerged on Monday afternoon that he has signed his RFA tender with the team.
Shields, who is entering his fourth season in the NFL (all with the Packers), was tendered at second round level in March. He signed the restricted free agent deal and will be paid $2.02 million for the 2013 season. His agent Drew Rosenhaus was in Green Bay on Monday in his efforts to iron out a long-term contract between Shields and the Packers, but according to reports, no deal was reached.
With Shields off the board, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is the only remaining unsigned restricted free agent.
As for Shields’ future with the Packers, it remains up in the air past the actual 2013 tender. If the two sides can eventually reach a new agreement, the tender would obviously be void. From here though, Green Bay can be happy to have Shields back for the 2013 season, although he could very well emerge as their top cornerback threat as he prepares for his fourth NFL season. The Packers obviously parted ways with one of their top second options this off-season in veteran, Charles Woodson.
A season ago, Shields appeared in 12 games, including the playoffs, missing six because of injury. Shields recorded five interceptions on the season, including two in the postseason. His return to the Packers this season is a major boost to the team’s defensive efforts moving forward.
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