March 24, 2017

Green Bay Packers part ways with Sam Shields

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The Green Bay Packers released defensive back Sam Shields. He would be an insurance signing for any team at this point and likely on a one-year deal. Combined with the concussion he suffered late in the 2015 season, Shields played in just two of a possible 23 games (including playoffs) during his final 18 months with the team.

Jan 15, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a touchdown with head coach Mike McCarthy against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional playoff game at AT&T Stadium. Shields spent the entire 2016 season in the NFL's concussion protocol, and with his symptoms apparently not subsiding sufficiently to gain medical clearance, the decision to cut him seemed unavoidable.

"I'm thinking it's not over". "... I just love the game, man, and I feel that I can get back out there and play".

Shields, who announced Wednesday on Instagram he had been released, had one year and $9 million remaining on a four-year, $39 million contact signed in 2014. But like I said, I'm going through this, what I've got to go through.

The Super Bowl looked promising for the Falcons, but they were defeated by the Patriots in over-time in one of the biggest comebacks ever.

The Packers will avoid Shields' $8 million salary for 2017 by cutting him, which should help them find some reinforcements for their secondary. "That's the primary focus".

He was released with the non-football injury designation. Shields was the Packers' undisputed top cornerback and his absence led to the team's season-long struggles against opposing quarterbacks.

James Starks played 86 games for the Packers, carrying 3029 yards on 739 occasions - with an average of 4.1 yards per carry.

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