Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) breaks up a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Noted as “Chief Suitor” for Packers CB Sam Shields


With NFL Free Agency beginning in 9 days rumors will start up quickly. You can look through our Browns section for our recent coverage.  Today came word the the Green Bay Packers have failed to come together with cornerback Sam Shields on a new contract and Shields will test the free agent market. This could fill a need for the Cleveland Browns as Jason La Canfora notes:

Shields would be a huge pickup for the Browns to go across from Joe Haden. Last year the Browns were unwilling to bring in a high price free agent corner in worries that it would upset Haden and make extension negotiations with the star difficult. Shields is 26 years old and stands 5’11″ and 184 lbs. He isn’t the big corner the team needs to guard the ever growing receivers in the league. He is a talented corner who excelled with the Packers. Last season he picked off 4 balls in 14 games. For his career he has 13 INTs and 45 passes defended.

The Browns have the ability to spend money in a variety of areas. With the depth on the offensive side in the draft it wouldn’t be a surprise for the Browns to spend money on the defensive side of the ball. If they do sign a big time corner expect them to have an extension in place with Haden near that time.

Do you think Shields, and the cornerback position, is a good way to spend money this off-season or should it be used elsewhere? Is Shields the corner you want or does someone else interest you? Could trading for Darrelle Revis be a better option?

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  • Charlie Peterson

    The Browns do need a bigger CB or at least one that is at least 5’11. Shields would be a good addition after Haden is extended as to not upset the apple cart. However, the team should look to the draft, and get McGill the big and fast CB out of Utah, their are at least two other big CBs that should be available in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Please forget Revis as his contract would upset the whole team.