Of the 17 Green Bay Packers' players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents next month, only two might demand what would be considered blockbuster contracts. If general manager Ted Thompson could keep only one of them, should he re-sign defensive tackle B.J. Raji or cornerback Sam Shields? Raji reportedly turned down an $8 million per year offer last season. Shields likely is looking for something similar. On Tuesday's edition of NFL Insiders on ESPN, former St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney offered his opinion on which one he would re-sign. “I'm sure Green Bay's working hard trying to figure out a way to keep both of these guys, but to me, keeping the corner that has speed and can cover over a defensive tackle that is pretty much just a guy, that's a no-brainer,” Devaney said. “You've got to keep the corner.” Three years ago, no one would have called Raji “just a guy.” He was coming off a 2010 season in which he posted 6.5 sacks in the regular season plus one more in the playoffs. He also returned an interception for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game.
More important to re-sign: Raji or Shields?
ESPN | Feb 19