July 22, 2014

Shields expected to test free agent market

It doesn’t look like there’s going to be any kind of deal between Sam Shields

Sam Shields

Sam Shields

and the Green Bay Packers before the start of free agency on March 11th.

The two sides have been in contract discussions for a while but haven’t been able to find much in the way of common ground.

The fact that the salary cap is going up around $10-million could be the reason for the lack of a deal.  The increase means the Packers have roughly $35-million to spend which could mean that Shields agent, Drew Rosenhaus may have upped the price.

If the Packers wind up losing Shields, they’ll likely be able to find a replacement early in the draft.  It’s also possible that the Packers could get an experienced corner in free agency at a lower price.

Letting Shields get to free agency is probably a gamble for both sides.  Shields could wind up settling for less than the Packers are currently offering.  There’s also a chance Shields could find more money in free agency and leave.

The cornerback market is fairly loaded from a free agent standpoint, which could mean much of the big money may be gone before Shields gets an offer from a team.

Drew Rosenhuase can begin negotiating with teams on March 8th but can’t sign a contract with anyone until March 11th.