Sam Shields, Rams Reportedly Agree to Contract as CB Attempts NFL Comeback

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) holds the ball after intercepting a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. In the background is Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward (29). AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Veteran cornerback Sam Shields is getting another chance to play in the NFL after signing with the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.

The team announced the move on Twitter:

Shields spent the first seven years of his career with the Green Bay Packers before being released in February 2017.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Shields was looking to resume his NFL career and had visits with teams scheduled this week. It didn't take long for him to find a fit he liked.

The 30-year-old cornerback has essentially been out since 2015. He played in just one game during the 2016 season, missing the rest of the year after suffering a concussion in Week 1. He sat out last season after being cut by Green Bay in the offseason.

Staying on the field has unfortunately always been an issue for Shields. He has never played in all 16 regular-season games during his seven years in the league.

The veteran defensive backs was a playmaker when he was on the field, however. He recorded 245 tackles, 18 interceptions (and an additional five postseason picks), 66 passes defended and one forced fumble as a Packer. As a reward for his strong play, he was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl.

Los Angeles is taking a chance on Shields, and if he can recapture his old form, it could pay off in a big way for the team.  

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