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Still no contract talks with Starks


If the Steelers are interested in bringing back Max Starks, they sure aren’t tipping their hand.

Starks, who is a free agent and coming off January ACL surgery, has been working out in Arizona over the past few months, and had yet to be contacted by the Steelers about any possibility of a return.

That continued this week even though Starks was at the Steelers’ practice facility the past four days.

Starks was in town for his charity golf outing on Monday. He had a follow up visit with Dr. James Bradley on Monday and was at the team facility the rest of the week rehabbing while the Steelers were practicing mere feet away.

Even though Starks had conversations with Mike Tomlin, there were no talks about bringing the 6-foot-8 tackle back to the team. In the Steelers’ defense, general manager Kevin Colbert was out of town all week anyways.

It has become crystal clear that the Steelers are taking a wait-and-see approach with Starks. If Mike Adams fails in becoming just the fourth Steelers rookie offensive linemen to start the season opener over the past 42 years, Starks is only a phone call away.

The gamble is that Starks might not be available by the time the Steelers realize they could use his help.

The Steelers are willing to take that chance.

• Mark Kaboly
• Published: May 25, 10:21 a.m.
• @MarkKaboly_Trib


Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug


  1. David says:

    unfortunately, they will call him when it apears the offense can not keep ben off the turf, you know!, like last year…… ingrates.

  2. Dick says:

    There could be two stumbling blocks to bringing Max back, 1) Salary, as in what is Max expecting and what is the team willing to pay? 2) Injury, as in how is the ACL healing and will Max be able to perform as well as before the torn ACL? Max did a great job last year and personally I would like to see him back but, from a business standpoint, numbers 1 and 2 need satisfactory answers.

  3. Imp'n'Arn says:

    Well, SMblog had a vibrant participation until the TRIB inexplicably hid all of the blogs in its front page footer.

    Hey TRIB zombies, what the F do you think that you are accomplishing by that, aside from a decline in reader-ship?

    You must have gone to the Block-Head Obama school of economics.

    Let the people speak, you morons.

  4. Justinian says:

    Max Starks coming back last year helped to save the Steeler’s 2011 season. He did a terrific job at left tackle. Even if his recovery from the ACL surgery takes a while, I would love to see him back on the team. Having him around for insurance or to spell Mike Adams would be a perfect senerio. Hopefully they will bring him back again this year.

  5. David says:

    lmp’n’Arn ….. i agree, i accidently found this while reading on this also, wtheck, i almost miss everyone who has had disagreements with me…. the blog-gods need to put this back how it was and please leave it alone, it is not broke….. utterly redundant and self serving ploy!

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