Sam Shields Confirms Release In Instagram Post
Feb 09, 2017 04:35 AM EST
From bad to worse, that's how cornerback Sam Shields past year has been. It turns out that the concussion that ended Sam Shields season has also ended his stint with the Green Bay Packers. Just a few months after suffering a concussion on the first game of the 2016-2017 NFL season, Sam Shields just got the worst possible news no other player would ever want to hear.
On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers released cornerback Sam Shields, according to ESPN. Sam Shields confirmed in a post on his Instagram account that his tenure with the Green Bay Packers has indeed ended. Sam Shields was informed of his release by the Green Bay Packers, a source confirmed.
Last season, Sam Shields missed all games except the opening game in Week 1 between Green Bay Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 11. The concussion is the fourth one for Sam Shields.
Sam Shields, 29, latest concussion came just nine months after he suffered another concussion in 2015 that kept him out for a month. Of a possible 23 games, including the playoffs in the last two years, Sam Shields has only played in just two games.
Sources say that Sam Shields has no plans of retiring after being released by the Green Bay Packers and that he intends to continue his career. Sam Shields still has one year left on the four year, $39 million contract he signed back in 2014.
Just last month, Sam Shields said during an interview that he's still experiencing headaches from his latest concussion, NBC Sports reported. Sam Shields also added that the headaches vary and that he's used to it.
Sam Shields' release came just after a day the Green Bay Packers released running back James Starks. With the release of Sam Shields, the Green Bay Packers saved about $9 million on salary cap this season.