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NFL free agency doesn’t officially open until Tuesday, but as the Oakland Raiders attempt to retain priority UFA’s Lamarr Houston and Jared Veldheer before they hit the open market March 11 players who the Raiders may have been planning to target in free agency are leaving the free agent pool.
One of those players is cornerback Sam Shields who was going to be one of the top cornerbacks available in 2014 Free Agency, instead Shields will be staying in Wisconsin long term as the talented defensive back came to terms with Green Bay to extend his stay with the team/
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Packers have agreed to a new four-year, $39 million deal.
This move in addition to defensive end Red Bryant resigning with his team is another in a series of disappointing resignings for teams looking to build through free agency. Shields exit from free agency leaves Tennessee Titans’ Alterraun Verner as the undisputed top corner available and his market value should increase as teams will likely have to fight for Verner’s services if they want to acquire a potential franchise corner this month. A nearly $10 million a year deal sets the market on cornerbacks extremely high which should be interesting for the Raiders who should be in the market to bring in a cornerback or two with Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter yet to be brought back on with expiring contracts. Should McKenzie want to build his secondary depth he may have to overpay to do so as Shields rich Saturday and new four year deal will definitely get agents buzzing about increased value as the legal tampering period continues on through the weekend and up until March 11.