Keep them or dump them? Packers face decisions on high-priced vets
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By Rob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The NFL's waiver system reopened Monday, the morning after Super Bowl LII. Although the Green Bay Packers stood idle, that could change soon.

It was this week last year when then-general manager Ted Thompson moved on from two veterans with sizable salaries and injury/performance issues: running back James Starks on Feb. 7 and cornerback Sam Shields on Feb. 8.

The moves saved the Packers $12 million in salary-cap space ($3 million on Starks and $9 million on Shields).

They were no-brainers for Thompson. Starks had one year left on a two-year, $6 million contract. In the first year of that deal, he played in nine games and averaged just 2.3 yards per carry. Shields sustained a concussion -- the fourth known concussion of his career -- in the 2016 season opener and never played again. Both players were waived with the "failed physical" designation.

New GM Brian Gutekunst will have to take a look at several veterans with high salaries. If he's going to make any moves, they could come anytime now.

Here's a look at whom he might consider moving on from and what might...



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