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Cornerback Sam Shields of the Green Bay Packers
As I mentioned in the previous slide, the Packers have a number of their own players who will be unrestricted free agents in 2014.
The list includes tight ends Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless; defensive linemen B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, C.J. Wilson and Johnny Jolly; fullback John Kuhn; cornerback Sam Shields; wide receiver James Jones; center Evan Dietrich-Smith; outside linebacker Mike Neal; running back James Starks; inside linebackers Jamari Lattimore and Robert Francois and quarterback Matt Flynn.
That includes quite a few players, plus a few more who I will talk about in another slide.
If I'm Ted Thompson, there are a few on this list who need to be focused on more than the others.
The Packers have already put a contract offer out to Raji, but he has rejected their offer according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. For what it's worth, Raji is represented by David Dunn, who also happens to be the agent for both Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
Keep that in mind, especially knowing that both Rodgers (highest-paid player in the NFL) and Matthews (highest-paid outside linebacker in the NFL) received huge contract extensions this past offseason.
The Packers should not do the same with Raji. His play does not warrant it. Either he accepts their current offer or he moves on.
The two priorities to me would be re-signing Shields and Dietrich-Smith. After that, I would concentrate on Jones, Neal and Quarless.
Kuhn will probably be back as he has proven his worth to the Packers in many instances, especially during the game-winning drive against the Bears on Sunday.
I also expect the Packers to re-sign Flynn as well, as he basically saved the 2013 season for the team with his play down the stretch until Rodgers returned for the last game of the year.