The NFL rules state that the league day ends at 4 PM Eastern Time. The deadline for NFL teams to submit offer sheets for other teams' Restricted Free Agents is Friday, April 19th. Cornerback Sam Shields, who received a second-round tender from the Packers, did not get any offer sheets from any other teams by 4 PM Friday. Put that all together and you can see that Sam Shields is now guaranteed to be a member of the Green Bay Packers for the 2013 season.
Shields' current tender will pay him $2.023 million this season if he signs it. Of course, the Packers appear to be interested in signing the young corner to a long-term deal this offseason to keep him in Green and Gold beyond 2013. Any extension would naturally affect his cap hit this year, as it would likely involve a signing bonus and adjustments to Shields' base salary. The good news is that there is no longer a chance of him playing elsewhere this year while Ted Thompson and company work on an extension.
We'll make sure to bring you any news on a new deal for Shields or the alternative (if he were to sign his tender) as soon as we hear it.