If he does, he figures to make himself plenty of money this spring – from the Packers or from another team. He’s playing this year under the one-year, $2.023 million restricted free-agent tender after avoiding most of the offseason program in hopes of a long-term deal. When that didn’t happen, Shields said he planned to simply focus on playing and not worrying about his future. Until his injury, he was doing just that. He was also staying healthy – something he said he was focused on doing.
“(Free agency) is in the back of my mind, but I can’t let it just take over my game. I still have to play week-in and week-out,” Shields said. “I can’t keep that on my mind. I’ve got to let my play speak for itself.
“Always being healthy – that’s a main thing. (Woodson) always preached to me how important it is to be available to stay out on the field. In this league, you know how it is – if you’re hurt and can’t be out there, someone else will steal your opportunity. So whatever nicks and bruises you’ve got, you try to take care of them and stay healthy.”
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