Sam Shields cut by Green Bay
National Football League teams have begun cutting players to gain salary cap space, and an interesting name that hit the wires on Tuesday was now-former Green Bay Packers running back James Starks. He also used several hashtags indicating he wishes the team simply let him retire and that he does not want to play anywhere else.
Starks did not play in the team's final three regular season games or their three playoff contests this season after suffering a concussion in a mid-December auto accident. He scored nine career touchdowns for the Packers and rushed for over 2,500 yards. He signed a two-year deal worth $6 million.
Shields called out by name not only head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson, the latter of whom would have made the cut, but also Russ Ball, the team's vice president of football administration/player finance who negotiates nearly every contract. By releasing him, the Packers gained $9 million in cap space, wiping his $8 million base salary and $1 million in roster and workout bonuses from their books.
Tuesday afternoon the Packers announces that they released back James Starks with the non-football injury designation. After the NFC Championship Game, Shields said, "It's just like some days tough headaches, some days it's mild". "It varies. I never know".
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That's the equation Packers fans expect in 2017 and the only expectation those who follow the team year-in and year-out will believe. He was eventually charged last month with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia - both misdemeanors - almost three months after a police investigation.
This means that because they have no running backs, the Packers are going for sure go for one.
His rookie season finished with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in which he rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries.
Shields was a great player for Green Bay, and he will be missed.
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