Ryan Wood speaks to Aaron Nagler about the choices facing the Packers with the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft. (March 5, 2018)
GREEN BAY — Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields is moving forward with his attempted NFL comeback by taking free-agent visits this week.
Shields, 30, is scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday and the Cleveland Browns shortly thereafter, according to a source.
Nearly two full seasons have passed since Shields last played in an NFL game. He suffered the fifth documented concussion of his career in the 2016 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and never took the field again. He finished the year on injured reserve, and the Packers released him after the NFC Championship game.
Shields then sat out the entire 2017 season in order to "get my mind right," he said in an interview last month, and make sure his personal life was squared away.
His attempted comeback began in early February with a series of videos on Instagram in which Shields resumed on-field work for the first time, sprinting and backpedaling on a turf field in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida. Since then, Shields has traveled to Atlanta to work with a personal trainer whose client list includes Packers safety Morgan Burnett.
When asked why an NFL team should sign him, Shields laughed and said, "Because I can still run. I've still got that in me. I think somebody will want that."