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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 four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. 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

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