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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 on his way to being ''game ready'' and later added he would ''be seeing you in Latrobe'' when the Steelers open training camp next week.
The offensive line has been a focus during the offseason after Roethlisberger spent much of 2011 battling injuries. The team drafted Stanford guard David DeCastro in the first round then took Adams in the next round.
The duo will eventually join right tackle Marcus Gilbert, 24, and center Maurkice Pouncey, who turns 23 next week, as the core of a line the Steelers hope to have in place for years to come.
If Adams isn't quite ready, however, Starks will fill in on the left side next to former tackle Willie Colon, who is switching to guard.
The massive 6-foot-8, 345-pound Starks has been a staple in the locker room and one of Roethlisberger's best friends since joining the team eight years ago. He came in from ''off the couch'' last fall and stepped in right away. He played four days after being signed then started the following week.
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If you have read Steelers Depot for some time now, and listened to our podcast, you know that I am in no way surprised that the Pittsburgh Steelers brought back tackle Max Starks today on a one-year deal. It wasn't a matter of if it would happen in, only a matter of when in my opinion.
With Starks now back in the fold, it once again gives the Steelers the opportunity to give...
The Steelers have once again re-signed offensive tackle Max Starks to a one year contract. Starks said on his twitter feed this morning that the deal was official and that he would be in Latrobe for Steelers training camp. As of now the Steelers are expected to have Starks, who took over at left tac ContinueThe post Steelers Re-Sign Max Starks; Solidify Offensive Line appeared first on SteelBlitz.
He's back! On Tuesday Bob Labriola reported via Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed tackle Max Starks to the 90 man roster, a move I have projected to take place for some time now.
Starks said on Twitter just prior to the announcement that he had a good visit with the doctor today and has evidently been cleared to practice after tearing his right ACL in the AFC...
Max Starks has spent his entire nine-year career with the Steelers, mostly as a starter along a traditionally injury-ravaged offensive line.
After tearing his ACL during the team's playoff loss to the Broncos in January, many believed Starks' career could be over.
Six months later, however, he's back like he never left.
On Tuesday, the Steelers re-signed Starks...
Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Max Starks was welcomed back to Pittsburgh Wednesday morning in an interview on DVE Radio. During the interview Starks shared his thoughts on whether or not he thought he would be back with the Steelers, if he thinks he will start at left tackle and the new play-book of offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
"Did I think I would not be here? Yeah, yeah...
The Steelers signed veteran offensive tackle Max Starks to a one-year contract. Starks had knee surgery to repair the torn ACL in his right knee. He was injured in the AFC wild-card playoff loss at Denver but passed his physical with the Steelers this week and was re-signed. Starks is expected to compete with rookie Mike Adams at left tackle in training camp, allowing Marcus...
The return of tackle Max Starks to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday following his knee checking out well with the team doctors is certainly encouraging news in regard to nose tackle Casey Hampton. While Starks, who had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee just 6 months ago, might very well still start training camp on the Active PUP list, it seems likely he will be ready...
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed veteran offensive tackle Max Starks to a 1-year deal on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 30-year-old Starks has started 79 games over eight seasons, all with the Steelers. He was cut before the 2011 season due to salary cap reasons but returned to the club in October and started 11 games at left tackle.
Starks gives the Steelers needed depth...
According to numerous sources including Max himself via Twitter, Steelers’ right tackle Max Starks has re-signed with the team and will be joingin them in Latrobe in eight days. This was the tweet sent out by Starks just recently;
Max Starks IV @maxstarks78
It’s real and sealed! I’ll be seeing you in Latrobe! http://instagr.am/p/NMQ9-hufnW/
Drafted in 2004, the same year...
The Steelers have signed Max Starks to a one year deal according to Ed Bouchette. Starks has been rehabbing his surgically repaired knee this summer. He had yet to sign with a team due to his health.
Starks will come in and compete with Mike Adams for the Left Tackle position. He will provide good offensive line depth as he has played and won a Super Bowl as both a left and...
It looks like Ben Roethlisberger’s not-so-subtle attempt to get the Steelers to know he wanted Max Starks back by wearing a 78 jersey at OTAs didn’t go unnoticed. The Steelers made it official today by signing Starks to a one-year deal…again…at least this time they did it before the season started.
We’ve said all along that the Steelers would be stupid not to bring Starks...
Hot News for OT Max Starks
The Steelers re-signed veteran tackle Max Starks to another one-year contract today, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The signing of their starting left tackle since 2008 gives the Steelers the luxury of keeping second-year pro Marcus Gilbert at right tackle, where he started as a rookie. Starks and rookie Mike Adams, their second-round draft choice, will contend...
Simultaneously, and not coincidentally, the first thought going through the minds of the Steeler Nation after Max Starks was signed to a new one year deal was how much longer will veteran tackle Jonathan Scott be around?
We got our answer on Thursday afternoon as the team announced that they’ve parted ways with Scott.
There was no way they’d have room to carry both and Starks...