Sam Shields cut by Green Bay

Alyssa BaileyFeb 09, 2017

Starks, selected by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2010 National Football League draft out of the University at Buffalo, started 13 of 76 games played during the regular season for the Packers from 2010 to 2016.

Shields was one of the highest paid players on the team, and had one season remaining on the four-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2014.

Shields, 29, suffered a concussion in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and missed the final 15 regular-season games and the team's three playoff contests. Coach Mike McCarthy said in his postseason news conference last month that Shields still had not cleared concussion protocol.

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"I understand why you ask that", Shields said. "... I just love the game, man, and I feel that I can get back out there and play". But like I said, I'm going through this, what I've got to go through.

Although Shields' release was not a surprise and the Packers likely were plotting the move for weeks, Shields included some contradictory hashtags in his Instagram post, including #StillMad, #AtLeastLetMeRetireFromThePack, #ICantPlayWithAnybodyElse and #ThanksGreenBay. "Just take it one day at a time". "That's the primary focus".

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

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

Tuesday afternoon the Packers announces that they released back James Starks with the non-football injury designation.

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