Rams sign former Packers starting CB Sam Shields; Reportedly have deal with CB Aqib Talib

From FOX Sports - March 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) TheLos Angeles Ramshave made another addition to their defense, bringing in formerPackersstarting cornerbackSam Shields.

In a separate move,Aqib Talibis reuniting with Wade Phillips inLos Angelesafter theDenver Broncosagreed to trade the star cornerback to theRams, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.The NFL Network first reported the agreement.

The Rams will send Denver a mid-round pick, believed to be a fifth-rounder, in next months draft for the perennial Pro Bowl cornerback, said the person, who spoke off the record because the trade isnt official until the start of the new league year Wednesday.

Man, Im so excited, Talib told The Associated Press from Dallas on Thursday night. I cant wait to play for Coach Sean McVay, go back with working with Wade, and playing with my young man,Marcus Peters. Hes going to bring that young energy back to me.

Im super excited to play with those guys.Aaron Donaldis a good friend of mine, too, so I get to go from playing behindVon Millerto playing behind Aaron Donald. Thats not too shabby. I got another MVP in front of me.

Im a competitive dude. I dont like to lose.

Welcome to LA, Sam Shields!

Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 9, 2018

Shields made 23 interceptions, including the playoffs, from 2010-2015. He also won a Super Bowl with the Packers. But his 2016 season was cut short after one game after he suffered a concussion and he didnt play at all in 2017.

Shields signing Thursday was only the latest defensive move by the Rams. Los Angeles on Wednesday agreed to trade linebackerAlec Ogletreeto theNew York Giantsfor two draft picks.

The Rams also agreed last month to acquire cornerbackMarcus Petersin a trade with Kansas City, and Los Angeles also used its franchise tag on safetyLamarcus Joyner. Those moves likely mean top cornerbackTrumaine Johnsonwill leave as a free agent.

In Los Angeles, Talib will reunite with Phillips, who was his defensive coordinator in Denver until last year, and will play alongside a fellow star defensive back in Peters, whom the Rams are acquiring from Kansas City .

Talib said Donald was the first Ram to reach out to him after word of the deal got out Thursday night. They share an agent in Todd France.

Talib said hell miss playing with Harris, his college teammate at Kansas, and the rest of the Broncos, however.

Its a business, man, so them guys understand, Talib said. Chris hit me up. Were all talented corners and they couldnt pay all of us. They got that quarterback situation theyve got to fix.


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