Shields is a 30-year old CB who spent all seven years of his career on the Packers. He totaled 245 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, 18 interceptions, and 66 pass deflections making the Pro Bowl in 2014.
Shields was ultimately cut in 2016 after he managed to play only one game due to a concussion history that was troublesome. He sat out the entire 2017 season in hopes of a return, and he finally gets one with the Rams. The Rams hosted him last week for a visit, and must have felt good enough about his physicals and health to think he could contribute moving forward.
In his prime, Shields was one of the most underrated CB’s in football, as PFF notes here:
From 2012-2016, Sam Shields was one of the best defensive playmakers in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/Dls1cmfZUG— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 2, 2017
Obviously the Rams have had a ton of turnover on defense this offseason. Without knowing the futures of CB Trumaine Johnson, S Lamarcus Joyner, slot CB Nickell Robey-Coleman in free agency with CB Kayvon Webster rehabbing an Achilles injury and a shoulder injury, the addition of Shields helps qualm some concerns.
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It’s a one-year, $1m deal for Shields. Low-risk, potentially high reward.