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Shields agrees to 4 year deal worth 39 million. Raji next?

by Jon Henseler

(my photoshop game is relentless.....these could be tracings)

So over the weekend Ted Thompson proved the haters wrong and showed that he actually is ready to spend some money by inking Sam Shields to a 4 year, 39 million dollar deal. Which should come as no surprise to Strange Brew readers (elevens served) who read the blog after the Packers decided against franchise tagging anyone. If you did you would have found this little gem sandwiched inbetween what can only be described as the ramblings of a man with early on-set dementia:

That being said, I think there's still a decent shot that Shields ends up coming back on a 3 or 4 year deal. I wouldn't put him in the top-tier shutdown corner category but he was clearly the best our secondary had to offer last year and and his age chances are he'll get better.  

Boom baby! May as well just sit me in front of a fake bookcase with a Blackberry I have scheduled to vibrate during on-air segments and call me the internet Adam Shefter. 

Now I know a lot of Packer fans think this is probably too much money and on the surface it probably is. But the devil with NFL deals is in the details. It's like that scene in Old School. As stupid as this contract appears, it's actually very good with paperwork. Because essentially it looks like if they wanted to the Packers could get out of this deal after 2 years and 20 million. And on top of that it will only cost about 6 million against the cap this season, so we're still 27 million under. Which for a solid corner who still has upside, I'm fine with.

Now the question becomes whether or not BJ Raji will sign that one year deal worth 4 million. He says he's exploring more lucrative options, but if the Packers can truly bring him back at that number they should in a heartbeat. That's a big time discount for a guy who has Pro Bowl potential. It's like finding The Godfather in the $5 DVD bin at Wal-Mart. And for as good as I, and most Packer fans, would feel about that deal, how big of a bummer is this for Raji? Dude had a deal on the table for 4 years at 32 million before this past season. Now it's at a year and 4 mil? Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Costanza doesn't take the NBC deal and then ends up taking half the money just to make a pilot. 'Lemme see if I understand this. In other words you held out for less money.You know the basic idea of negotiation, as I understand it, is to make your price go UP.'

PS: If it were Raji that signed a big deal would I have even had to photoshop Huell from Breaking Bad? Like I'm not entirely unconvinced that Raji didn't play Huell. Einhorn is Finkle.