Comparing contracts of Grimes, Shields

A pair of former undrafted players have set the cornerback market in 2014. Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes and Sam Shields of the Green Bay Packers signed significant extensions with their respective teams.

The Dolphins and Packers are happy to secure their No. 1 cornerbacks before the start of free agency on Tuesday. Here is a look at their deals:


Grimes and Shields are both very good cornerbacks, but it appears the Dolphins got better value for their money. The total value of Grimes’ contract is $7 million less. Shields’ up-front signing bonus also was more than twice as much.

But age has to be factored in, as well. Grimes is 30 and had a major Achilles injury in 2012. His longevity is more in question compared to Shields, 26. Still, both teams have to feel good about signing two quality cornerbacks for the long haul.