Sam Shields says he’s been released by the Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Cornerback Sam Shields says he has been released by the Green Bay Packers.

Shields posted the news on his Instagram Wednesday morning with several hashtags, including #SevenStrongYears; #IWasGettingBetter; #AtLeastLetMeRetireFromthePack; #StillMad; #ThanksGreenBay; and #NoMoreFreezingWeather.

No official announcement has been made by the team.

ESPN reporter and Cover 2 contributor Rob Demovsky confirmed that Shields was informed of his release.

Shields was placed on injured reserve last October after suffering a concussion. He was later ruled out for the season.

Shields had one season left on a 4-year, $39 million contract he signed in 2014.

Shields was part of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV championship team, and named to the 2014 Pro Bowl Team.

Earlier this year, Shields was charged with Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Online court records show he’s scheduled for a court appearance in Brown County on April 24.

On Tuesday, the Packers announced the release of running back James Starks.

Starks, who turns 31 this month, missed 4 games during the middle of the season with a knee injury. He missed the final 6 games–including playoffs–due to a concussion he suffered in a car accident.

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