Packers Notes: Shields, Starks, Burnett

Potential free agents tend to play down their loyalty in order to preserve their value but over the weekend, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson made no secret of his love for Green Bay. “My wife and I have enjoyed it,” Nelson said Sunday of his time with the Packers. “Let’s see, it’s six years, going on seven years now. We don’t want to go anywhere else. We love it here. We want to be here, and hopefully we can get to that point.” More on the Packers..

  • The Packers are lucky they didn’t lose Sam Shields this offseason, writes Rob Demovsky of Shields explained that before he signed a four-year, $39MM to stay in Green Bay, the Browns and other clubs were hot on his tail. “Most of the time I was scared because, like I said, I wanted to be a Packer,” Shields said. “You know how that business goes. It’s kind of scary at first, but they came with it. I’m happy to be back.”
  • James Starks re-signed with the Packers this offseason on a two-year, $3.25MM deal. Some might see that as a little light, but Starks isn’t complaining, writes Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. “(Running backs) have got a high risk of injuries, it’s a more dangerous position,” Starks said. “When you can keep yourself healthy and do what you’re supposed to do, you get paid well. We’re making enough money I think. We make a lot of money, I don’t see how anybody can’t be happy with this contract. I’m happy. I like playing football, so being paid for that in itself is good.”
  • Safety Morgan Burnett says he’s not feeling any extra pressure after inking a four-year, $24.75MM contract extension with the Packers, writes Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. The arrival of first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix should also help Burnett peform to the fullest of his abilities this year.
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