Good news, everyone!
The Green Bay Packers might have missed out on Matt Forte and the big-name running backs on the free agent market, but they are not missing out entirely on finding a backup to Eddie Lacy for 2016. A familiar face is returning to Green Bay for another year, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan:
#Packers and RB James Starks have agreed to terms on a contract, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 18, 2016
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, the contract will be for two years. Meanwhile, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the contract will have a total value of about $6 million.
Starks will return for his seventh season as a Packer in 2016, and will look to build on his 2015 production, which saw him post the most rushes, rushing yards, receptions, receiving yards, and total touchdowns of any single year in his career. His 4.1 yards per carry average was just shy of his 4.3 career average, but his 43 catches for 392 yards blew away his previous best.
Although Starks turned 30 about a month ago, he has far less wear and tear on his body than other free agent running backs on this year's market. For his NFL career, he has just 555 rushes and 106 receptions for a total of 661 total NFL touches; contrast that with Matt Forte's 2,522 touches or even Chris Ivory's 1,265.
One report indicates that prior to Starks' agreement with the Packers, his agent and the Miami Dolphins had been in close contact. This would be yet another running back who the Dolphins have expressed interest in only to see him slip away.