Shawn Springs claims his release had nothing to do with injury, attitude

Veteran cornerback Shawn Springs has been cut by the Patriots.  And though the reason for the move still isn’t completely clear, Springs is willing to rule out two possible causes.

First, he said that a knee injury, which ultimately required arthroscopic surgery in January, had nothing to do with the move.  “It’s not a knee issue,” Springs said, per Christopher L. Gasper and Albert Breer of the Boston Globe

Springs also denied that he was one of the locker-room malcontents, even though he was a healthy scratch in four straight games last season.  “One of the best things about me is my character,” Springs said regarding a public exchange with linebacker Adalius Thomas that seemed to make light of coach Bill Belichick’s decision to send home four players who showed up late for practice in December.  “I
don’t think that ever came across as me being a bad influence.  That
wasn’t me being a bad guy.  That was me being a jokester.”

So why does Springs think he’s out?  “It’s hard to evaluate and give young guys a shot if you’ve got me,”
Springs said, referring to a cluster of new and recent talent at the position he plays.

He could eventually return.  And he has the right in the interim to play for any other team.  But the 13-year veteran could have a hard time earning the $2.25 million in base salary he was due to receive in 2010.

12 responses to “Shawn Springs claims his release had nothing to do with injury, attitude

  1. Stand up guy… maybe we can grab him on the cheap for depth… either way
    HAIL SKINS!

  2. Not an injuy… not an attitude problem…
    Maybe they just don’t think he’s as good as the other guys on the roster?

  3. ummmm…he was cut because a draft pick was signed. You can only have 80 on the roster and when they signed their 5th round pick, he was peeled off.

  4. There were a few bad apples in the locker room.
    I don’t know if Shawn was one of them? Could be the money? Could be BB wants to give his draft picks all the reps he can?
    Leadership was a huge aspect of the players selected this years draft. 5 Team Captains from college isn’t a coincidence.
    I don’t know who the leaders were in Washington? I wouldn’t think it would be Portis..He did have an interesting way of doing media interviews, though..
    The Patriots run an all business locker room. Get in, do your job and hold your team mates accountable. I can’t imagine a player, talking smack, putting on a costume for an interview with the media. Last year was an anomaly, the guys didn’t gel and it showed on the field. QB , NT and K is settled all other positions will have to be earned. I believe the competition will be fierce in camp.
    We’ll see who survives.

  5. Gotta give the Pats credit. They are great evaluators of talent – especially at the right price. They will continue to get better and don’t spend a lot of time on nostalgia. Here’s hoping that he ends up back on the team soon. if not, would love to see him in the black & gold!

  6. “One of the best things about me is my character,” Springs said
    Not to mention his humility

  7. He was a very good corner when he played in Washington, but missed a ton of games…If you could get him for next to nothing, would ya’?

  8. “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.” – Winston Wolf

  9. # Black QB White RB says: May 19, 2010 8:38 AM
    He was a very good corner when he played in Washington, but missed a ton of games…If you could get him for next to nothing, would ya’?
    ______________________________________
    In Seattle they always talked about his “potential” but unfortunately all we ever says were the occasional good plays, along with a lot of bad ones.
    Also, he missed A TON of games for the Seahawks because of injuries too.

  10. jonathan fire*eater says:
    ummmm…he was cut because a draft pick was signed. You can only have 80 on the roster and when they signed their 5th round pick, he was peeled off.
    ====================
    Good theory, but not the case here. When NE signed 6th round pick Ted Larsen, that brought them to 79 players under contract; cutting Springs brings them back down to 78.
    More than likely it was one or a combination of the following:
    1.) Springs’ contract: he would have had the 9th highest salary on the team in 2010.
    2.) Springs age: he would most likely be a backup, and backups are expected to play on special teams. Most 35 year old players don’t do to well on ST.
    3.) Longterm plans: the more reps Springs gets in the off season, the less younger players like Butler and McCourty get. Springs himself said that “It’s hard to evaluate and give young guys a shot if you’ve got me.’’
    4.) Springs’ health: there’s a report out there that Springs, who had surgery in January, failed a physical.

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