Packers 2014 Offseason Review: James Starks and John Kuhn Will Be Free Agents

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The Packers will have decisions to make on two backs who have been key players for a few years and a veteran special-teams player.

The Green Bay Packers will have decisions to make about three members of their 2013 running back corps in the 2014 off-season. While their starter, Eddie Lacy, remains under contract for the foreseeable future and has two other young players in Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris waiting behind him, a productive backup in James Starks will be a question mark moving into free agency.

As the last of three fullbacks who were on the Packers' Super Bowl-winning roster in 2010, John Kuhn may be a casualty of free agency as well. While he has Aaron Rodgers' trust as a blocker and check-down receiver, it is possible that his position and cost may force the fan favorite out of Green Bay.

Here are the details on the three free agent Packer backs and the contracts they have just played out.

RB Kahlil Bell

2013 Stats
3 games played
No rushing statistics
Kick returns: one return, 22 yards
Special teams: two total tackles, one solo

2013 Contract
Veteran minimum - one year, $715,000

Career Stats
30 games played, 3 starts
Rushing: 148 carries, 633 yards (4.3 YPC)
Receiving: 22 receptions, 150 yards (6.8 YPR), one touchdown
Kick returns: 3 returns, 67 yards

How Acquired
Free agent, mid-season 2013

FB John Kuhn

2013 Stats
15 games played, 6 starts
Rushing: 10 carries, 38 yards (3.8 YPC), one touchdown
Receiving: 13 receptions, 81 yards (6.2 YPR)

2013 Contract
Final year of three-year, $7.6 million deal
2013 compensation: $1.8 million base salary, $493,750 in bonuses

Career Stats
116 games, 24 starts
Rushing: 165 carries, 506 yards (3.1 YPC), 12 touchdowns
Receiving: 72 receptions, 493 yards (6.8 YPR), 8 touchdowns

How Acquired
Waiver claim from PIT, 2007 off-season

RB James Starks

2013 Stats
13 games played, one start
Rushing: 89 carries, 493 yards (5.5 YPC), three touchdowns
Receiving: 10 receptions, 89 yards (8.9 YPR), one touchdown

2013 Contract
Final year of four-year, $2.04 million rookie contract
2013 compensation: $630,000 base salary

Career Stats
35 games played, 5 starts
Rushing: 322 carries, 1,427 yards (4.4 YPC), 5 touchdowns
Receiving: 45 receptions, 351 yards (7.8 YPR), one touchdown

How Acquired
2010 NFL Draft, 6th-round draft choice (#193 overall)

(Contract details courtesy of Spotrac)

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