Sam Shields cut by Packers after season lost to concussion

James Starks
James Starks
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09 February, 2017

A concussion in the first regular season game of 2016 against Jacksonville led to Shields sitting out the entire remainder of the season. Coach Mike McCarthy said in his postseason news conference last month that Shields still had not cleared concussion protocol. It marked the fifth documented concussion of Shields career, likely the main reason for his release.

"I'm thinking it's not over". "I've still got more in me". "I understand why you ask (why I'd continue to play)". Over the past two years, he has played in just two of a possible 23 games, including the playoffs.

Shields confirmed the announcement early Wednesday morning on Instagram. But like I said, I'm going through this, what I've got to go through.

By releasing him, the Packers save more than $9.5 million on the cap next season.

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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. "That's the primary focus".

Shields was cut one day after the Packers released running back James Starks with a non-football injury designation after he suffered a concussion in a December 12 traffic accident and never played again. That gives the team nearly $43 million of cap space, based on OverTheCap.com's projection of a $168 million salary cap for 2017. A healthy Shields certainly would have been retained by the cornerback-desperate Packers, but an oft-concussed player with a much smaller contract also may have been given the chance to recover before next season. The final year of prorated signing bonus - $3.125 million - will count against the cap as dead money.

Over his seven years as a Packer, the 30-year-old Starks has accumlated 2,506 yards and nine TDs on the ground.


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