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Rams sign CB Sam Shields

Jesse Borek



January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) celebrates after he intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) during the first half in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Rams have signed free-agent cornerback Sam Shields, the team announced via Twitter on Thursday.

Shields did not play in the NFL last season, but he’ll look to make his way back into the league with the Rams in 2018. The last time he took to the field was in 2016 as a member of the Green Bay Packers, suffering a concussion during Week 1, and failing to return to the field for the remainder of the year.

His entire career has come as a member of the Packers, yet to appear in all 16 games during the regular season in any of his seven seasons. In 80 games with Green Bay, he made 62 starts and accrued 245 tackles and 18 interceptions.

Shields first joined the league as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami, where he had switched to corner prior to his final season. He immediately started six games with the Packers during his rookie year in 2010, winning a Super Bowl in his first year and eventually developing into a Pro Bowl corner with the team in 2014.

His signing marks another addition to the Los Angeles secondary, with the team having already acquired former Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the offseason.

The Rams have been active in terms of shaking up their defense since the end of 2017, having traded defensive end/linebacker Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins and linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants. The 329 points the team allowed last year were the fewest in the NFC West.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.