The agent of Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields is in advanced talks with the Wisconsin-based franchise over a new contract, and held face-to-face discussions at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this weekend, reports ESPN.com.
The 26-year-old is coming off the back of his best season at Lambeau Field, having made four interceptions in 14 games for Mike McCarthy's side in 2013.
Shields played last season under a restricted free-agent tender of $2.023million, but remains hopeful of securing the expected franchise tag of around $11million for a cornerback in 2014.
"I think Sam has been a good player for us, and he does a good job," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said last week. "And he's one of the fellas we'd like to have back."
Thompson stopped short of confirming that the Packers were planning to use the franchise tag on Shields if negotiations with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could not be finalised.
However, the deadline for NFL teams to do so is March 3, while Shields's free agent deadline is on March 11.
The two parties will likely be in regular contact over the next few weeks, as negotiations continue.