Packers retain Shields with four-year deal
The Sports Xchange
The Green Bay Packers re-signed cornerback Sam Shields to a four-year contract on Saturday.
According to ESPN, the $39 million deal includes a signing bonus of $12.5 million and pays out $30 million in the first three years: $15 million in the first season, $6 million in the second and $9 million in the third.
Shields’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the news on Twitter: “Congrats to RSR client Sam Shields & the Green Bay Packers on the new contract!”
Shields had a breakout season after receiving from the Packers a restricted free-agent tender of $2.023 million in 2013. He finished with a career-high four interceptions and had 61 tackles in 14 games.
It was thought that Shields, a wide receiver in college at Miami, would test the free-agent market beginning next week after the two sides could not reach an agreement on a new contract and the Packers had decided against placing a franchise tag on him.
According to CBSSports.com rankings, Shields would have been considered the sixth-best free agent cornerback available during the offseason. He will be entering his fifth NFL season in 2014.