Lost in all the excitement surrounding the Packers signing of defensive end Julius Peppers over the weekend, one piece of news that has gone under the radar is the possibility of running back James Starks being signed away by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Starks, the four-year veteran out of Buffalo, was an important part of the Packers Super Bowl Championship team in 2010, when he started all four playoff games at running back and added an effective running presence to a pass-happy offense.
Starks, a former sixth-round draft pick, has been hounded by injuries throughout his career but was relatively healthy in 2013 and had arguably his most productive season as a Packer rushing for 493 yards and 89 carries, which equated to 5.5 yards per carry. He also caught 10 passes for 89 yards and scored three total touchdowns.
With Eddie Lacy clearly the starter in Green Bay and fellow second-year runner Jonathan Franklin waiting in the wings as the top backup, its no wonder why Starks isn’t the Packers highest priority right now but after seeing how well he played last year in a reserve role, it would be a shame to see him go.
However, the NFL is a business and according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Starks is heading to Pittsburgh today to meet with the Steelers, who are in need of some running back depth. Therefore, while the Packers just added a high-profile free agent, Starks gives us a quick reminder, that you can’t keep everyone.