According to Packer Report’s Bill Huber, impending free agent cornerback Sam Shields is expected to reach the free agency market.
The Green Bay Packers have been hoping to re-sign him, and they still could, but there will be many other teams interested in bringing him in. This isn’t exactly surprising news, but it adds yet another talented player to an already intriguing free agency class.
Sam Shields was one of the biggest playmakers on the Packers’ defense this year, and has been a key piece for the Packers over the last couple of seasons. He has blazing speed that helps him keep up with some of the better wide receivers in the NFL, and that will make him a very valuable free agent target to many teams.
Shields played in 14 games with the Green Bay Packers this past season, making 61 tackles to go along with four interceptions. Those four interceptions may not look very impressive, but the Green Bay defense was extremely poor at creating turnovers this past season. He was able to make plays to help seal football games and was one of the main reasons that the Packers were able to make the playoffs.
There have been some questions flying around about whether or not the Packers would use their franchise tag on him, but it doesn’t appear that they will opt to do that. Green Bay is fairly deep at the cornerback position, with Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Davon House, and Casey Hayward all likely returning next season.