The Pittsburgh Steelers' young offensive line now has a veteran to lead it.
The Steelers re-signed tackle Max Starks to a one-year deal on Tuesday, hoping his surgically repaired knee is healed and his leadership can help one of the NFL's youngest lines provide better protection for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Terms were not disclosed, but Starks gives the Steelers insurance if rookie Mike Adams isn't quite ready play with the first team.
The 30-year-old Starks has started 79 games with Pittsburgh since being selected in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. His time appeared to be over after a neck injury cut short his 2010 season. He was a salary-cap casualty last summer but returned in October after a series of injuries decimated the line.
Starks started 11 games in 2011 before tearing the ACL in his knee during Pittsburgh's loss to the Broncos in the wild card round in January. He underwent surgery shortly thereafter but posted on his Twitter account Tuesday that he was...