While signing Shields was a win for the Packers, do you think that they may have over paid? Could they have found someone comparable to Shields in free agency or in the draft?” -- Kevin (Chicago)
Kevin: I'm sure there's going to be a lot of Sam Shields questions today, but we'll start with yours. You make a good point. Late last season, I was told Shields' asking price was between $7-8 million a year. He ended up getting $9.75 million per year. It would have been a gamble not to re-sign him because of the possibility that they would have failed to land one of the other top free-agent cornerbacks. And even if they did, they might have paid as much, if not more. They like Shields' speed and they believe he's shown better toughness as a tackler.” -- Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Packers reporter
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