Rams sign Sam Shields

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Marcus Peters won’t be the only cornerback joining the Rams this year.

The team announced on Thursday that former Packers corner Sam Shields has signed with the team as a free agent. Shields recently visited with the Rams and also met with the Browns in an effort to resume his playing career.

It has been a while since Shields has been on the field. He suffered a concussion in the first week of the 2016 season and missed the rest of the year. He was released by the Packers last February and did not catch on anywhere else.

When Shields was healthy, he was a strong player for the Packers who started every game he played between 2013 and 2015. He has 23 career interceptions, but it’s hard to say what kind of impact he can make for the Rams after such a long layoff.

If nothing else, he gives the team some insurance against the possibility that Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman both leave as free agents when the new league year gets underway next week.

16 responses to “Rams sign Sam Shields

  1. I really enjoyed watching him play for the packers and I wish him the best of luck, but I wish he would retire.

  2. I bet he signed for the veteran minimum. Rams need more depth,bodies at CB opposite Peters.

  3. Hmmm….

    I wonder why he didn’t fall back on his college major for a living…..

    Just sayin…….

  4. Don’t get why teams do this to players that miss an entire season or haven’t played in a long time. We all know chances are he’ll be cut in training camp or before week 1.

  5. Whaaaa? Good for him! Good for the Rams! Personally, I didn’t think the Packers should re-sign him because of his health and the overall risk, but what the heck……….go for it! I wish him all the success in the world.

  6. I wish him well in LA! A stud DB with veteran knowledge. Sad the packers couldn’t or wouldn’t keep him. I’ll be there to see him play versus his old team this season.

  7. Obviously, I wish Sam all the best in his next endeavor.
    Above all else, good health and continued happiness.
    You will always be remembered as a very fine young man, an extremely efficient professional, and of course, a World Champion in Green Bay.

    Still, it just makes me wonder why the Rams, or any team for that matter, would do this.
    There’s just so little upside and a possible lifetime of negative consequences hanging in the balance.
    In some of these cases, players need to be saved from themselves.
    I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

  8. Hope this works out for both as they are both taking big risk. If he is hurt on week one his entire salary is guaranteed so the Rams are taking a real risk. From a health standpoint his is a risk. Good luck

  9. He sure was awesome that rookie year, but seemed to take too many risks and suffered injuries in the last years. I sure hope he isn’t susceptible to more serious head injuries, as he’s taking a helluva risk.

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