The Los Angeles Rams signed former Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Shields on Thursday, March 8. The signing ensures that the Rams have at least two ball-hawking cover corners on the roster.
Shields missed nearly two years after suffering his fourth known concussion against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season. He noted still suffering headaches in January 2017, but 14 months later, Shield appears ready to make his NFL return.
The former Green Bay Packers star recorded 23 interceptions in 91 career games, including the playoffs. He earned his only trip to the Pro Bowl in 2014.
If he’s healthy and hasn’t lost a step, Shields could prove to be a bargain for the Rams. They need cornerback help with Trumaine Johnson likely not returning and Kayvon Webster recovering from an Achilles injury. It’s also possible that the Rams aren’t done filling the cornerback position. Shields may replace Nickell Robey-Coleman as the slot corner. If so, the Rams front office may still sign another corner to serve opposite of Marcus Peters.