I think it’s apparent the Browns want to add some veteran presence to the youngest roster in the NFL based on who the free agents they’ve brought in for visits this offseason.
This week they’ll bring in another veteran who may be able to help in the secondary but has also been out of football for a year.
Former Packers cornerback Sam Shields will visit Cleveland among other teams this week as he resumes his NFL career according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Shields spent seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers after going undrafted in 2010. He was part of the Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl winning team and went to the Pro Bowl in 2014.
During his seven seasons in Green Bay, Shields had 245 tackles, 66 pass deflections, 18 interceptions and a sack.
His absence from football was in large part to his concussion history. Shields has had four known concussions during his professional career including the one he suffered in Week 1 of the 2016 season which has kept him off the field since. The Packers released Shields in February of 2017.
There has been some off the field issues with Shields as he was arrested twice for possession of marijuana. Once before the 2010 NFL Draft which caused him to go undrafted and once again in January of 2017.
The Browns have a need at cornerback and I’m of the belief they should address it in both free agency and in the draft.
The connection Shields has to the Browns is through the front office with Vice President of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith as he was the one who discovered Shields as an undrafted talent and advocated Green Bay to sign him.
If the Browns can bring Shields in, it would be another veteran in the secondary alongside Jason McCourty who can be a mentor despite the off-field issues to what’s currently in the secondary and who may be added into the room in the draft.
With him being out of football for the last year and a half, he’d likely be on a one year, prove-it deal and wouldn’t cost much financially.
He’ll be visiting the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday before visiting Cleveland according to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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