Veteran cornerback Sam Shields is getting another chance to play in the NFL after signing with the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday.
Shields spent the first seven years of his career with the Green Bay Packers before being released in February 2017.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Shields was looking to resume his NFL career and had visits with teams scheduled this week. It didn’t take long for him to find a fit he liked.
The 30-year-old cornerback has essentially been out since 2015. He played in just one game during the 2016 season, missing the rest of the year after suffering a concussion in Week 1. He sat out last season after being cut by Green Bay in the offseason.
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Shields becomes the second big-name cornerback to join the Rams this offseason, joining former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.
Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Shields was taking free-agent visits to the Rams as well as the Cleveland Browns.
Shields has not played a down since leaving the field near the end of the Packers’ season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11, 2016. He sustained a concussion — the fifth documented in his career — when his helmet contacted running back T.J. Yeldon’s shoulder pad.
If he cracks the Rams’ 53-man roster, Shields also figures to face discipline from the league.
He was arrested Oct. 19, 2016 in Green Bay and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shields pleaded no contest to the marijuana charge, and the paraphernalia charge was dropped.
In 2017, ESPN reported Shields faces a two-game suspension because of the incident. Shields said in an interview last month with the Journal Sentinel that he believes his suspension has already been served.