Though the Packers and cornerback Sam Shields appeared to be working toward a long-term deal, it now seems as though Shields will test the free-agent market. According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, a deal between the two sides will not be done before the time free agency begins March 11, though it's not out of the question Shields could return to the Packers.
Shields is coming off a 2013 season in which he intercepted four passes and made a career-high 61 tackles in 14 games.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has estimated that Shields -- who played on a restricted free agent tender of $2.023 million last season -- could fetch about $7 million per season. A franchise tag on Shields -- which would be due Monday -- would cost the Packers about $11.8 million, so it's unlikely Green Bay would make that move.
"I think Sam has been a good player for us and he does a good job and he's one of the fellas we'd like to have back," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said at the NFL combine.
Shields ranks No. 35 on our CBSSports.com free agency tracker and No. 7 among all cornerbacks. So, where could Shields possibly be headed? Here's one option.
With Packers having difficulty locking up CB Sam Shields prior to market opening, I'd expect the Browns to be among his chief suitors— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 1, 2014