Packers release Sam Shields

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As the Packers begin to reload for 2017, they’re moving on from a guy who did little to assist the effort in 2016.

A league source confirms that the Packers have released veteran cornerback Sam Shields.

Undrafted in 2010, Shields became a contributor defensively as a rookie, helping the team to a Super Bowl win. He became a full-time starter in 2013, and he signed a four-year, $39 million contract a year later.

A concussion suffered in Week One of the 2016 season kept Shields on the sideline for the rest of the year. He eventually was placed on injured reserve.

In October, authorities found marijuana in Shields’ home. Last month, he was charged with two counts of marijuana possession.

Shields has said that he wants to continue playing, despite still having periodic headaches. The Packers avoid a salary of $8 million by releasing him; they’ll carry a cap charge of $3.125 million arising from the final chunk of his signing bonus.

40 responses to “Packers release Sam Shields

  1. Just retire Sam and get healthy. This is a business and GB is taking your health into consideration as well. This will put the Packers at almost 50 mil of cap space this year. Come on TT time to sign some FA’s. Cook and Lang first, then maybe Perry but depends on $. Lacy on a 1 year prove it deal with big incentives. Then get a CB and pass rusher and some speed on D.

  2. Sorry to see you go Sam, you were a great player when on the field, the injuries were just too much. Definitely get a pass on the maryjane, since i dont doubt it could be injury related and since the rules on it are crap. Best wishes.

  3. Bummer for Sam and the team.

    None of the players the Packers have cut for health reasons have played elsewhere (Collins, Finley, ect).. unfortunately, Shields playing days are probably over.

    And what a shame for the Pack. Their secondary is abysmal and he could have helped in 2017.

    Concussions claim another victim.

  4. Get well sam quality man..

    Please packer fans stop getting your hopes up that ted will sign an inpact free agent not gonna happen .

    Hopefully lang and perry will be back but that is up to ted.

  5. Thanks Sam! The Green Bay Packers would not have won that ring without the emergence of you and Tramon Williams. When you two turned it on, it was just overwhelming to other offenses considering what Nick Collins and Charles Woodson already had going. That defense was a lot better than people give it credit and you were a big part of it! Thanks again and good luck in retirement or if you continue your career.

  6. Packers have seen some great and promising careers cut short by head and neck injuries over the years – Shields, Collins, Finley, and Sterling Sharpe among them – the list is way too long.

  7. Daily reminder that the Packers keep losing defensive players to injury, etc and we are doing nothing to replace them. And the only guys we have that are worth anything are injury prone and getting older. Also, we get Capers back, who has a terrible coaching record no matter what people say.

    Next year will be more of the same. Rodgers will carry the team to the playoffs but then we will get bounced out early because our defense is atrocious.

    Mark. My. Words.

  8. Sam Shields is glad he’s leaving Green Bay. No one wants to be there. Sad, and true.

  9. My Packers need to cut their way to prosperity. It’s our only chance. We will drain our swamp.

  10. Shields needs to retire for his long term health. Apparently he is still suffering from concussion symptoms after about 5 months. And this last concussion was not the only one he has missed time for.

  11. Some (unverified) evidence that marijuana helps relieve the symptoms of concussions. Authorities find marijuana while he’s smoking in the privacy of HIS HOME.

    The NFL is okay with jamming painkillers in you, but, make you into some kind of criminal for smoking a blunt.

  12. 50 MILLION IN CAP SPACE, AND THOMPSON WILL NOT GET ONE FREE AGENT THAT COMMANDS OVER 4 MILLION A YEAR
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    Always with the caps this one is. But you’re right, MN has been paying AP $14m a year and look at the impressive results. Third place in the division and no playoff wins this decade. Thompson should be ashamed that his rag tag team of cheapies only got to the NFC championship game. Ted, call Rick, fix this crap now!

  13. My Packers need to cut their way to prosperity. It’s our only chance. We will drain our swamp.
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    I’m sure it’s a little swampier in the land of 10,000 lakes….

  14. burning brain-cells probably isn’t the smartest thing to do with a concussion.

    he was the lone bright spot in a horrendous secondary year in and year out and will surely end up in the packer hall of fame. best of luck Mr. Shields.

  15. The Packers have always played it safe with head and neck injuries so the day he went on IR, I knew he would never play again for the Packers. As to the whether any other NFL team will give him a chance, he is likely to be suspended for smoking the blunt when he answered the door, two games for smoking grass, another two for being that stupid, so I doubt a team will sign him to sit him thru a suspension before he can even get on the field.

  16. packsupersoldier says:
    Feb 8, 2017 11:07 AM

    Packers have seen some great and promising careers cut short by head and neck injuries over the years – Shields, Collins, Finley, and Sterling Sharpe among them – the list is way too long.

    You are sadly correct! Also…

    Johnny Holland, Jonathan Franklin, and Terrence Murphy

    Holland had some good years, but Franklin and Murphy were 1st day picks who had to stop before their careers even got going.

  17. He was a darn good player for an undrafted FA. It’s a shame concussions have derailed his career — I really hope he doesn’t force the issue and play further.

  18. he was the lone bright spot in a horrendous secondary year in and year out and will surely end up in the packer hall of fame.
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    Don’t agree with any of that.

    The secondary has been above average aside from 2011 and 2016 – 11th in passing yards in 2012, 24th in 2013 (Rodgers missed half the year) 10th in 2014, 6th in 2015.

    They’ve been solid personnel wise as well.

    Tramon Williams was a B-level player before Ted let him go… Casey Hayward was absolutely brilliant his rookie year, sadly he couldn’t stay healthy after that… HHCD is still growing, but has never been a liability…. Meh on Burnett, overrated IMO… Randall and Rollins looked MUCH better last year and there is a good chance they rebound.

    And I also don’t see Shields in the Packer HOF. He was only a full-time starter for 3 years.

  19. Some (unverified) evidence that marijuana helps relieve the symptoms of concussions.
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    ‘Unverified’, per the FDA… and organization which is 20 years behind every other first-world organization on this planet, with the gap widening by the hour.

  20. crownofthehelmet says:
    Feb 8, 2017 2:35 PM
    3 embarrassing playoff exits in a row is about all a man can take
    ===================================
    That’s understandable. The Vikings went out in 2009 when Peterson and Favre fumbled and threw things away, the playoff loss to Green Bay in 2012, followed up by Blair Walsh’s missed kick last year, culminating in trading draft choices to get an improvement over Bridgewater only to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs in 2016.

    In the same time frame, Green Bay went to the NFC Championship Game three times and won a Super Bowl.

  21. I didn’t expect SS back. Hopefully he retires, as he should with his head injury history.

    TT better be signing some secondary help. If we think we will win anything with Gunter and crew, we are sunk before we even start.

    Please don’t waste another opportunity. AR carried us about as much as one player can. If we don’t finally get him some defensive help, it would be an atrocity.

  22. gb15class says:
    Feb 8, 2017 1:44 PM

    Johnny Holland, Jonathan Franklin, and Terrence Murphy
    _______________________

    It makes you wonder what would have happened if Murphy was able to stay healthy, a 2nd round WR drafted by TT… who I remember watching him in Pre-season that MNF that game vs. Carolina.

    Shields was a great find, and fans of all levels of football in Wisconsin will remember Shields on a trick return, being the blur on the TV screen on his way to a TD in a bowl game when the ‘Canes vs. Badgers. I was happy when the Packers signed him, on S/T alone, he proved to be much more than that.

  23. Tim Lewis CB was a Packers 1st round pick who was off to a great start (4th year) when he suffered a neck injury and had to retire in 1986.

  24. The Packer-hating Viking trolls can easily be dismissed with two words; words which are emblematic of the franchise and their fans and their combined inability to be relevant, and a proclivity for braggadocio in the face of failure.

    Wide Left.

  25. crownofthehelmet says:
    Feb 8, 2017 2:35 PM

    3 embarrassing playoff exits in a row is about all a man can take

    …..at least we’re IN the playoffs, and have a chance…..you purple-puke LOSERS….

  26. leatherface2012 says:
    Feb 8, 2017 10:38 AM
    50 MILLION IN CAP SPACE, AND THOMPSON WILL NOT GET ONE FREE AGENT THAT COMMANDS OVER 4 MILLION A YEAR
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    Cause spending wildly in Free Agency has worked out for the saints who can’t even make the playoffs w/Drew Brees as their QB.

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