Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) throws the ball into the stands after an interception in the fourth quarter against Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) at AT&T Stadium. The Packers beat the Cowboys 37-36. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Potential New York Jets' Free Agent: CB Sam Shields

We have talked about the fact that the Jets need playmakers. They need them on both sides of the football, not just the offense. We know this, the Jets couldn’t affect a turnover when needed, especially with the passing game. 13 interceptions for the season is not going to cut it if the Jets are going to go where we all hope they are going to.

Antonio Cromartie is coming off a bad year. The team is talking about him being a cap casualty. If that happens, there is no guarantee that Cro will return. Even if he does at a lesser rate, will he be the same player? No guarantees.

We have talked about the idea of signing Captain Munnerlyn, and we have also talked about drafting Justin Gilbert.  Some comments coming off of the Gilbert article were about other veterans available at the cornerback position.

In walks CB Sam Shields.

At 26 years old, he is entering his fifth season in the league.  Here are his stats so far:

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
2010 23 GNB db 37 14 6 2 0 0 0 3 24 4 3
2011 24 GNB cb 37 15 7 4 68 0 60 13 1 0 0 0 0 38 4 3
2012 25 GNB rcb 37 10 8 1.0 3 32 0 32 10 0 1 1 0 0 22 4 4
2013 26 GNB RCB 37 14 14 4 3 0 7 17 51 10 5
Career 53 35 1.0 13 103 0 60 43 1 1 1 12 0 135 22 15

He is a playmaker, and an improving one. The other point that comes clear, especially last season, is that Sam Shields is also becoming that word people like to throw around, a “shutdown corner”.

The Packers took on the Cleveland Browns early in 2013, which means Shields took on Josh Gordon. Gordon was held to two receptions for 21 yards. Green Bay took on the Bengals, and A.J. Green was held to four receptions for 46 yards. Yes, he scored a TD, but it’s not as if Green dominated that day.

The Jets will have the money to bring in a guy like this. It might not be the worst idea they have every had. What do you guys think?

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