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Packers, Shields discussing long-term deal

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03:24 PM ET 04.16 | The Green Bay Packers have a few young players they would like to lock up long-term and that includes cornerback Sam Shields, as the two sides have already had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal. Shields, 25, was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft and quickly earned playing time as the cornerback behind Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams on the depth chart, primarily serving as the team's nickel corner. In 2012, he finished with three interceptions but played behind Williams and rookie Casey Hayward. Following the 2012 season, Shields was given a second-round tender in restricted free agency, meaning that any interested team would have to sign him to an offer sheet and give the Packers a second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft if Green Bay chooses not to match the offer.

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, Harry How Harry How
April 16, 2013  04:26 PM ET

Good idea.

April 16, 2013  06:35 PM ET

Da Pack needs the help!!

 
April 17, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Article would have more credibility if it didn't claim that Shields was behind Hayward. Shields missed seven games and only played 27 fewer snaps on the year than Hayward. Tough to do that when you're behind the guy on the depth chart.

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