Packers to release Sam Shields this offseason

The Green Bay Packers are expected to release cornerback Sam Shields this offseason, ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky says.

What It Means:

Shields went down in Week 1 with a concussion that ultimately landed him on injured reserve. Cornerback is arguably the Packers' biggest need, even though they're one of the final four teams standing heading into championship weekend, but Shields is unlikely to be a solution to the problem. He has one year left on his contract, and Green Bay can save $9 million by releasing Shields. He's still just 29, but it's fair to wonder about his playing future after a serious concussion.

The Packers' secondary ranks 10th-worst in opponent-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points per play in 2016.