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Shields hopes to remain with Packers

Aug. 10, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields grabs the ball during training camp practice on July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields grabs the ball during training camp practice on July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

Nothing new has surfaced between the Packers and fourth-year cornerback Sam Shields in terms of a contract extension past the one-year, $2.02 million restricted tender he’s currently operating under.

With the Packers recently extending his close friend, Morgan Burnett, for the foreseeable future, the 25-year-old cornerback would love to follow suit, but he isn’t in a rush, either.

The Packers began talks with Shields’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, during the offseason regarding a possible extension and planned to continue negotiations once Shields signed his second-round tender prior to June’s mandatory mini-camp.

“I approach it the same way,” said Shields, who didn’t take part in organized team activities. “I don’t get that in my mind about any deals. I just take it one day at a time. Right now, it’s a one-year contract, second-round tender. Whatever comes next, it comes, but right now it’s being patient and taking it one day at a time.

“Whatever decisions are after this, it happens, it happens. Right now, I’m a Packer. I love it. I want to keep continuing to be a Packer.”

In 39 games with 21 starts over three seasons, the former undrafted free agent has 102 tackles with 28 pass deflections, nine interceptions and one sack.

According to Pro Football Focus, Shields led all NFL cornerbacks in coverage last season, allowing a reception once every 16.3 snaps.
-whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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