On Tuesday, offensive tackle Max Starks tweeted, “It’s real and sealed! I’ll be seeing you in Latrobe!”, letting it be known that he just officially signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Starks will be entering his ninth season with the Steelers, and just in time for the start of training camp.
The 30-year-old veteran is coming off reconstructive knee surgery that repaired a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which he suffered during last season’s wildcard loss to the Denver Broncos.
The signing of Starks will greatly benefit Pittsburgh’s offensive line. Adding the 6’8”, 345-pounder to the roster ensures more depth on the o-line, as well as experience.
The product of the University of Florida was released by the Steelers in July of 2011, but was re-signed in the middle of the 2011 season.
The Steelers’ starting offensive line is talented, but young. Starks will help mentor 2012 first-round pick guard David DeCastro, as well as second-year right tackle Marcus Gilbert and third-year Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.
Having Starks as insurance in the event that rookie left tackle Mike Adams, Pittsburgh’s second-round pick out of Ohio State University, isn’t ready to be put into the starting lineup would help protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers surrendered 42 sacks and 77 quarterback hits last season.
Now that one deal has been signed, sealed and delivered, let’s see if there will be more of a push for Steelers management to do the same for wide receiver Mike Wallace before the team reports to training camp on July 25th.
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