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Notebook: Both sides win with Shields contract

10:02 PM, Mar. 11, 2014
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields will receive a $12.5 million bonus prorated over his new four-year contract, which includes base salaries of $1.5 million, $2.5 million and $8 million in 2016 and 2017.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields will receive a $12.5 million bonus prorated over his new four-year contract, which includes base salaries of $1.5 million, $2.5 million and $8 million in 2016 and 2017.
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The Green Bay Packers bought themselves some breathing room with the four-year, $39 million agreement they reached with cornerback Sam Shields last weekend.

The heaviest portion of the contract will hit in the final two years of the deal when the NFL salary cap is expected to jump exponentially with Shields counting $5,562,000 against the 2014 cap, $9,125,000 in 2015 and $12,125,000 in both 2016 and 2017, according to a source with access to NFL Players Association salary information.

Based on USA TODAY projections, the Packers still have roughly $29 million left to spend this offseason ...

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