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Green Bay re-signs its top cornerback

Sarasota native and former University of Miami standout Sam Shields returns to the Packers for a four-year deal.

Sarasota native and former University of Miami standout Sam Shields returns to the Packers for a four-year deal.

The Packers re-signed cornerback Sam Shields to a deal Saturday that espn.com reported is for $39 million ($27.5 million guaranteed) over four years. He reportedly will get a signing bonus of $12.5 million, then make $15 million in 2014.

The team did not confirm the deal. But Shields' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted, "Congrats to … Sam Shields & the Green Bay Packers on the new contract!" Shields tweeted that he was "happy to be back with my family."

Last season, Shields, 26, emerged as the Packers' top cover cornerback while playing for the restricted free agent tender of $2.023 million.

Last season, the former undrafted free agent from Sarasota, who was a receiver for most of his college career at Miami, tied his career high with four interceptions over 14 games.

More Packers: Defensive tackle B.J. Raji rejected one- and two-year offers and will test the market, the NFL Network reported. Raji, 27, had 9½ sacks from 2010-11 but none over the past two seasons.

Cardinals: Guard Daryn Colledge, who started every game in his three seasons with the team, apparently will be cut. The club didn't com­ment, but Colledge, who also spent five seasons with Green Bay, tweeted goodbye to fans. He release would save $4.8 million against the cap.

Chargers: Safety and special teams captain Darrell Stuckey agreed to re-sign. He tweeted it was a four-year deal while the team said only it is a multiyear deal.

Colts: Punter Pat McAfee, who last week re-signed for five years, said he is open to handling field goals as well. The team's current kicker, Adam Vinatieri, is a free agent. McAfee was the punter and kicker in college at West Virginia: "I just wanted to (let the Colts) know that whenever (Vinatieri) is done … I just want a fair shake in kicking as well."

Bears: The team has interest in signing defensive end Michael Bennett, a former Buc who had a team-high 8½ sacks for the Seahawks last season, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Bears already have Bennett's brother, tight end Martellus.

Jaguars: Defensive end Red Bryant, who started 47 of 48 games over the past three seasons for the Seahawks, signed a four-year deal, multiple media outlets reported. Bryant, who was released Feb. 28 to clear salary cap space, recorded 31 tackles and 1½ sacks last season.

Green Bay re-signs its top cornerback 03/08/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 8, 2014 9:42pm]
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