With quality running backs disappearing from the NFL free-agent market at a rapid pace, the Green Bay Packers may soon be without one of their top runners from a season ago.
According to a tweet from Doug Kyed, who covers the Patriots, the six-year veteran out of the University of Buffalo, is taking a free-agent visit to New England this week.
Report: Patriots Hosting Free Agents James Starks, Clay Harbor On Visits https://t.co/kqxcNlTn5M
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 10, 2016
The Patriots have been interested in just about every single free agent running back on the market, such as Matt Forte, C.J. Anderson and Bilal Powell just to name a few. But, now that those players are all off the market, the Patriots are turning their attention to Starks, who is a solid veteran option.
Starks is a power runner, who has pretty good speed and has a knack for making big plays. He can also catch the ball well and can be counted on to protect the quarterback. He also had nearly 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the Packers last season and makes perfect sense in the Patriots running-back-by-committee approach.
Like the Packers, the Patriots rarely spend big money on free agents, so I wouldn’t expect New England to offer Starks a deal that is overly expensive. However, the chance at playing a bigger role on another successful team could persuade Starks to leave Green Bay.
Regardless of what happens on his visit, the Packers likely will still have a shot at keeping Starks, as long as they are willing to fork out of the kind of money, the 30-year old, who could be getting his last real chance at free agency, surely wants.