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Shields signs tender after agent meets with Packers

Jun. 3, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields. File/Press-Gazette Media

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for cornerback Sam Shields, is meeting face to face with Green Bay Packers officials on Monday in order to get a deal done in time for him to participate in this week’s minicamp, an NFL source told Press-Gazette Media.

Shields, a fourth-year pro, is a restricted free agent. He was tendered at the second-round rate, meaning if he plays this season for the tender he would make $2.02 million.

However, Rosenhaus is believed to be seeking a long-term deal for Shields, who played in 12 games (including playoffs) last season and was the team’s best cover corner.

No other teams signed Shields to an offer sheet before the April 19 deadline, meaning the Packers hold exclusive negotiating rights with him.

If Shields does not sign his tender by June 17, the Packers could reduce their offer to 110 percent of his 2012 pay, which was $540,000.

Shields has not participated in the Packers’ offseason program because he is not under contract. He also would not be subject to fines for missing the mandatory minicamp for that same reason.

UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): The meeting between Rosenhaus and the Packers didn't produce a long-term deal, but Shields did sign his RFA tender, an NFL source confirmed.

That allows Shields to report for the start of minicamp tomorrow.

The source also said the Packers and Rosenhaus are expected to continue discussions on a long-term deal.

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