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Shawn Springs | Defensive Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/11/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
College: Ohio State
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Bears coach Lovie Smith said he is not interested in free agent CB Shawn Springs.
Smith spent one season as the Ohio State defensive backs coach while Springs was in Columbus, so the connection is there. But with Charles Tillman and Zack Bowman looking good as starters, the Bears will see if Tim Jennings and Josh Moore pan out as depth first. Springs also needs to prove his knee is healthy before a team signs him. Tue, Jun 29, 2010 12:36:00 PM

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Updating a previous item, Shawn Springs failed a physical before he was released by the Patriots on Tuesday.

This explains the timing of Springs' release. The veteran dealt with a knee injury all last year and surgery after the season. He was never at full speed, according to beat writer Ian Rapoport. Springs will have to prove his health before he gets nibbles on the market at age 35.
Wed, May 19, 2010 11:36:00 AM

The Eagles are not interested in free agent Shawn Springs, according to beat writer Jeff McLane.

There were some whispers that the Eagles would be interested, but it looks like they are going to roll with Ellis Hobbs and Joselio Hanson as their No. 2 and 3 corners. Macho Harris may also shift from safety to a nickel role.
Wed, May 19, 2010 11:27:00 AM

Shawn Springs, released by the Patriots Tuesday, told NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora that he still plans on playing football in 2010.

"I'm not retiring," Springs emphasized. The declining Springs was a questionable signing by the Pats last offseason, and he won't help on special teams. He'll have to find a team that values his ability to cover the slot and handle big receivers as a third or fourth corner. Beat writer Ian Rapoport does not expect Springs to be re-signed for less money by the Pats.
Tue, May 18, 2010 06:59:00 PM

Patriots released CB Shawn Springs.

A report from ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested the sides agreed to separate, but the team has not ruled out re-signing the 35-year-old down the road. Though Springs still matches up well with physical receivers, he was shuffled in and out of the lineup last season. First-rounder Devin McCourty will battle Darius Butler, Terrence Wheatley, and Jonathan Wilhite for the starting job opposite Leigh Bodden.
Tue, May 18, 2010 03:49:00 PM

Patriots CB Shawn Springs confirmed late Wednesday that he is not planning to retire after all.

"Nah, I don't think so. I still got a lot to play for," he said. "Even If I was I would not just announce it on TV like that. I would consult with some people first." While he may not be a starter in 2010, Springs' return is good news for the Patriots. He still matches up well with big wide receivers.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 08:17:00 PM

Patriots CB Shawn Springs indicated Wednesday that he may consider calling it a career this offseason.

"I actually feel like I can still play a lot, so I don’t know yet," he said. "I’m taking my time. I think every player should." Springs, who turns 35 in March, added a late-season spark to New England's back end when he moved into the starting lineup at left corner. He finished with 39 tackles and a pick.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 01:18:00 PM

Shawn Springs, who's been inactive much of the season, started Sunday's game at left cornerback for the Patriots.

New England has shuffled LCBs all season, with Jonathan Wilhite and Darius Butler also starting games there. Springs appeared to be burned on Steve Smith's 41-yard touchdown, although SS Brandon Meriweather was at fault for biting on a play-action fake. Springs finished with three tackles.
Sun, Dec 13, 2009 08:50:00 PM

Shawn Springs was a healthy scratch in the Week 10 loss to the Colts.

Springs, 34, was expected to be the team's No. 1 corner when he signed a three-year deal last April. But the emergence of Jonathan Wilhite across from Leigh Bodden has turned Springs into a bystander. To his credit, Springs didn't complain about his demotion. "Man, whatever coach decides is best for the team at the moment," Springs said.
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 11:02:00 AM

The Boston Globe suggests that the Patriots will use Shawn Springs as a "matchup corner" to square off against opposing No. 1 receivers.

The Pats have rarely employed true matchup coverage, but Springs always has posed problems for bigger receivers like Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress. Springs is slated to start at left corner, with Leigh Bodden at RCB.
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 01:17:00 PM

Shawn Springs' three-year contract with the Patriots has a base worth of $9.75 million and includes a $2.7 million signing bonus.

Springs will make $4.55M in 2009, including a $1.75M salary and $100K workout bonus. The 34-year-old may be cut before the contract ends, but he's going to be on the team this season and might be the Pats' No. 1 corner.
Fri, Apr 3, 2009 10:58:00 AM

Shawn Springs' contract with the Patriots is for three years and worth roughly $10.5 million in base value.

He can make another $2.5 million in incentives. The guaranteed portion of the deal isn't available, but he probably didn't get much. While Springs can still cover, this is likely a year-to-year agreement. He turns 34 in two days.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Mar 9, 2009 12:22:00 PM

Patriots agreed to terms with CB Shawn Springs, formerly of the Redskins.

The Eagles wanted Springs as a safety, but he'll start out at corner in New England and likely move immediately into the first-team defense. Springs, 34, probably only has a year or two left, but his play hasn't fallen off much the last two seasons. Though he'll be an injury risk -- Springs has missed 19 starts since 2005 -- he can still be an impact cover corner when healthy.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Mar 5, 2009 04:31:00 PM

Free agent Shawn Springs is expected to sign with the Patriots, according to the Providence Journal.

Springs can play both corner and safety, which fits the Patriots' profile. The 34-year-old probably preferred a chance to win over a big payday and New England was his best option. He's almost certainly going to be a starter.
Thu, Mar 5, 2009 02:37:00 PM

The Eagles are looking at free agent Shawn Springs as a potential replacement for Brian Dawkins at free safety.

Springs didn't sign at his Tuesday visit, but talks may be rekindled. 2008 fourth-round pick Quintin Demps is the Birds' only free safety under contract.
Wed, Mar 4, 2009 02:42:00 PM

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