One of the things the New York Giants must do this offseason is solidify the cornerback spot opposite Prince Amukamara. Among cornerbacks expected to be available when the market opens for business in a week is Sam Shields of the Green Bay Packers.
We have discussed many of the Packers' offensive free agents as possibilities for the Giants. What about the 26-year-old Shields? If he does reach the market, Shields is likely to be looking for around $7 million per year, which might be more than the Giants are looking to spend at the position.
Still, with Amukamara, Jayron Hosley and Charles James the only cornerbacks certain to return from last season -- and Amukamara the only proven one -- the Giants need help at the position. Shields, 5-foot-11, 184 pounds, intercepted four passes in 2013 and has a passer rating against of 72.7.The 2014 season was Shields' first as a full-time starter.
The Packers do want Shields back. SB Nation's Packers web site, Acme Packing Company, says you can "expect the team to still be aggressive in their attempts to re-sign Shields."