Sam Shields just might be at minicamp later this week for the Green Bay Packers.
That’s if a deal can get done for the cornerback. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Shields’ agent Drew Rosenhaus is meeting in-person with team officials about hammering out a multi-year extension for the seventh-round pick from the 2010 draft. UPDATE: Shields has signed his RFA tender for $2.023 million for the 2013 season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Shields was a restricted free agent who was tendered at the second-round level. But Shields had not signed that tender and had not been participating in the team’s voluntary offseason program. He would not have been required to attend mandatory minicamp this week, either, if he had not signed the contract.
If Shields had not signed his tender by June 17 – two weeks from today – the club could have reduced his tender to 110 percent of his 2012 pay and that would mean $594,000 – a big cut from $2.023 million.
The Packers, of course, have a track record of investing in their own players and getting Shields in place for several years to come would be a nice addition. Maybe this is the first step to a multi-year deal.
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