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Packers: Green Bay releases veteran cornerback Sam Shields

09 February 2017

Cornerback Sam Shields says he has been released by the Green Bay Packers. He also used several hashtags indicating he wishes the team simply let him retire and that he does not want to play anywhere else. It may not have been an easy move to make for Green Bay, but there was no guarantee Shields, 29, was going to return in 2017. Shields, who played seven seasons in Green Bay, only appeared in one game in 2016.

The 30-year played in 76 games for the Packers, rushing for 2,506 yards and nine touchdowns on 618 carries. Shields had one season left on the four-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2014. But unless their perennial playoff trips lead to another Super Bowl appearance - at minimum - coach Mike McCarthy's Packers risk being remembered for doing less with more than nearly any team in history. Last month Shields had still not been cleared from the leagues concussion protocol.

Shields was going to count more than $12 million dollars against the Packers salary cap if he were on the roster next season.

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"Some days it's tough headaches, some days it's mild", Shields said. "It varies. I never know".

He was charged with possession of marijuana from an incident on October 19th when officials responded to his Ashwaubenon home.

Shields' released came a day after the Packers cut running back James Starks with the non-football injury designation. Hopefully in time he returns to full health, consults with his doctors and family about the best interests for his career and life and is able to resolve his disappointment and unsettled feelings about being let go.