Shields, Packers come to 4-year, $39 million deal

Shields, Packers come to 4-year, $39 million deal
March 9, 2014, 11:15 am
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Another talented cornerback is off the market and set to make a very large sum of money, which in all likelihood makes Aqib Talib a very happy man. 

The Packers have re-signed corner Sam Shields to a four-year, $39 million deal, according to Mike Florio over at Pro Football Talk

As part of the deal, Shields, 26, will receive a $12.5 million signing bonus and make $15 million for his work in 2014. Shields will be paid out $30 million through the first three years of the deal, according to Florio. 

The former college wide receiver out of Miami made 61 tackles, picked off four passes, and defended 16 others last season. He missed two games last year due to a hamstring injury and left Green Bay's Wild Card Round game against the Niners with a bone bruise on his knee. In 2012, Shields played in only 10 games while dealing with shin and ankle issues.

That a corner with a history of injuries can pull this kind of deal would seem to be good news for Talib, who has dealt with nagging injuries himself throughout his career.

(It is worth noting that cornerback Brent Grimes, 30, who blew out his Achilles two years ago, got a nice deal as well this offseason despite his injury history: four-years and $32 million from the Dolphins.)

Shields is two years younger than Talib, but when healthy, Talib is by most accounts the better corner. Pro Football Talk ranked Talib its No. 4 free agent this offseason; Shields came in at No. 15. As PFT notes here, however, Talib's history of off-the-field issues could make teams somewhat wary to commit to him.

Still, if Talib wants to be paid a top-of-the-market deal, it appears that market just went up with the Shields signing.