No last-minute deal expected for Shields

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nothing has changed between the Green Bay Packers and cornerback Sam Shields in the last week, meaning there's almost no chance for a last-minute deal that would keep him off the free-agent market.

There has been little or no progress in the negotiations since last weekend, when ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the two sides will not complete a deal before free agency opens on Tuesday.

It's unclear whether communication between Shields' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the Packers has been cut off all together.

Friday is the last day for teams to retain exclusive negotiating rights for their own players with expiring contracts. Beginning at noon ET on Saturday, unrestricted free agents can begin negotiating with other teams. However, no contracts can be signed with a new team until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, which is the first day of the new league year.

Many of the Packers' 17 unrestricted free agents are in the same position as Shields. On Thursday, it became apparent that veteran fullback John Kuhn would hit the open market.

The same is expected for outside linebacker Mike Neal, who according the Green Bay Press-Gazette received an offer but not one good enough to keep him from testing the market.

The Packers appeared close to a deal with defensive tackle B.J. Raji on Thursday, but it has not been completed.