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Packers release longtime RB Starks

09 February 2017, 12:35 | Marcia Diaz

James Starks

James Starks

Starks will not be the only ex-Packer.

The Green Bay Packers have released Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Shields after a season where he suffered a concussion. The release of Shields was announced on Wednesday.

Shields had one season left on a 4-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2014. It was Shields' fourth concussion in the National Football League, including one late in the 2015 season that kept him out of the lineup for four games.

The decision to cut Shields may have been similar to their decision to cut Starks, health. He also missed time because of a knee injury at midseason.

The Packers basically have three things to do during the offseason as long as Thompson is around.

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In addition to that they are revealing how seriously they are taking their upcoming season.

In yesterday's episode of OnMilwaukee's podcast, The Postgame Tailgate, we predicted Shields' time in Green Bay was likely over and his career probably should be, too. Their postseason did not go as well as their regular season. He has never played all 16 games in a single season, and he's missed at least two contests in each of the past five years.

They have to realize that just having just Aaron Rodgers can't win all the games. It was brought to a stop as the Packers were hit with a cold, brutal reality check. On the other hand, Atlanta successfully secured a seat in the Super Bowl. "But right now it's just day by day". Green Bay still learned one thing in their season-ending loss to the Falcons.

Of the seven experts weighing in on the site with their Super Bowl LII victor, only one of them picked a team different than the Raiders or Pats ... and that "expert" predicted that the Houston Texans will be Super Bowl LII champion.

It's an unfortunate ending for one of the team's most important players on the field and leaders in the locker room, as well as one of the best-liked Packers among fans and media. From 2010 through 2015 and including the playoffs, only Richard Sherman (28) had more interceptions than Shields (23) among active players.

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