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Budget Busters and Bargains: No. 6 on Lists

In Part 1 of our series, we tell you the players who earned (and didn't earn) their 2011 salaries. Leading off are two cornerbacks. While Sam Shields didn't take a step forward after an impressive rookie season, he's still a good deal and has a bright future.

With 87 players on the Green Bay Packers' salary ledger as of Aug. 15, the team had commitments for $379.8 million in base salary and $82.4 million in signing bonuses, if every year of every player's contract was taken into account. Those numbers, provided by a source with access to salary information, really don't mean anything, other than their sheer eye-popping size. We mention it as we tell... Recommended Stories