Starks Reportedly Agrees to New Deal with Packers

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

After testing the free agent waters, James Starks is expected to sign a two-year deal to remain in Green Bay with the Packers.

Hours after receiver James Jones met with Oakland to sign with the Raiders, James Starks canceled his meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS. Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Packers are expected to bring back RB James Starks on a two-year deal.

Starks, 28, has been with the Packers all four years he’s been in the NFL since coming out of Buffalo. In 35 games, he has 1,427 yards on 322 carries with five touchdowns. After a ruined 2012 season due to injury, Starks played in 13 games in 2013 and complemented rookie of the year Eddie Lacy. He rushed for 493 yards and three touchdowns on 89 carries, and even though he missed three games with a partially torn MCL, last season might’ve been his healthiest.

Fighting through injuries for most of his career, Starks has been a very productive back when healthy. He played a key role in the backfield during the 2010 Super Bowl season, totaling 315 yards in the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers were one team that reportedly had interest in signing Starks. Odd, right?

It’ll be interested to see what the Packers decide to do with their running back rotation for the upcoming season. Along with Lacy and Starks, Green Bay still has second-year back Jonathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris – who would’ve been in line for the lead touches last season if it weren’t because of injury. They also signed running back Michael Hill this off-season.

As soon as the agreement is confirmed and the details are released, we will have them up on the site as soon as possible.

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