GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All season long, a carousel of running backs spun in and out of the Packers' offense. From James Starks to Cedric Benson to Alex Green to Ryan Grant to DuJuan Harris, there were plenty of serviceable players for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to hand the ball to.
That variety has its advantages, but most teams aren't going to carry five running backs with relatively equal talent from one season into the next. This offseason, general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy will have to make the difficult decision of which players among those five are worth hanging onto. Grant, a two-time 1,200-yard rusher who was re-signed late in the season only after injuries hit, probably isn't in the discussion. From there, things get murky.
Starks had yet another injury-plagued year beginning with turf toe in preseason that cost him the starting job. But the soon-to-be 27-year-old who helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV wants another season with the Packers to prove himself.