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So Max Starks Is On The Open Market Again…


 

According to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk (via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), the St. Louis Rams released Max Starks earlier today.

Needing to make room for newly signed linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, the Rams released the 31 year-old offensive tackle who signed with the Rams earlier this month after he was released by the San Diego Chargers.

Although Starks played poorly during the preseason and lost the starting left tackle job to King Dunlap in San Diego, one must wonder the following:

 

Would the Pittsburgh Steelers be interested in bringing Starks back now that he is a free agent?

 

Personally, I would rather see Starks back on the roster, Guy Whimper released, and Mike Adams riding the pine after his poor showings during the first four games this year on the blind-side.  Remember readers, Starks was brought in last fall to play left tackle because neither Gilbert nor Adams were ready to assume the most important position along the offensive line.

Likely desperate for a job, Starks would probably welcome a return to the franchise he left this offseason.

Plus, it is not like Pittsburgh does not need his experience at the left tackle position either.  The veteran started 96 games (at left and right tackle) during his nine years as a member of the Steelers, including all 16 regular season contests last fall.

In addition, I am sure that Ben Roethlisberger would want his former teammate manning his blind-side once again too.

I certainly hope that Pittsburgh’s brass are interested in signing Starks for the rest of the 2013 campaign, because there is no way that they can continue to trot Adams out there on a consistent basis.  If anything, Starks’ presence would push Adams to improve to wrestle his job away from the veteran.

As it stands, the Steelers seriously need to find a solution at the left tackle position for the final 12 regular season games. I just hope that they seriously consider bringing Starks back as a stop-gap if Adams continues to flounder.

 

 

 

 

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  • Joe Longo

    It would the the savior….again!

  • Rob Thomson

    They have to do something, Big Ben’s gonna get killed. Starks is better than any alternative the Steelers currently have.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I don’t know Dom. He was horrible for the Chargers and I saw him get blown up multiple times against the Bears and Rivers was sacked and fumbled.

    Then he allowed three sacks the following week and the Chargers let him go. I realize we need help but he obviously either has lost his ability or came in the opposite of game shape.

    • Dom DiTolla

      He did play poorly against the Chargers, and he struggled during preseason play which I alluded to above. Yet Adams has shown no signs of improvement, and adding Starks (in addition to Beachum) would push both him and Gilbert to either sink or swim.

      I’m sure if you asked Big Ben, he’d rather have his long-time blind-side protector for the final 12 games than a soft second-year player who has illustrated that he is unable to man the left tackle spot yet.

      • Nick Kelly

        Would provide good competition, but I am interested to see how Gilbert will possibly play at left tackle.

        • Dom DiTolla

          I am interested as to why they haven’t moved him over there yet. He was actually slated to take over there before the team drafted DeCastro & Adams, moved Colon to left guard, and then re-signed Starks for insurance back in 2012.

          • Nick Kelly

            Its not a good sign then that Adams was started over him. The Brown trade still baffles me

  • lkw

    love seeing Eugene Monroe get to the ravens for a couple low draft picks…where were the Steelers on that one?? We need to do something at LT anyone could count on one hand the number of times adams even impeded the progress any little bit of the person hes trying to block. Whats the point of having a behemoth person manning that position if they are out there smelling flowers and playing pattycake?! I honestly think david Johnson would be a better option right now lol. Also don’t understand why they don’t put heath over there to help any in that last game to at least chip or something.