Pittsburgh Steelers Would Be Smart to Sign Max Starks Again
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks is a free agent after being cut by the San Diego Chargers after allowing a few sacks in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. We all remember Starks as the two-time Super Bowl winning tackle that has been the most consistent lineman in recent years for the Steelers. The Steelers decided not to re-sign him after last season even though he started every game last year. Why the Steelers didn’t re-sign him really puzzles me.
Right now, the starting tackles are Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. Both of them were plagued by injuries last year and their play was inconsistent at times. Aside from Kelvin Beachum, the Steelers really don’t have another reliable tackle that can come in for either a spot start or because of injury. Last year, the Steelers ran into the problem of having multiple guys on the offensive line get hurt during the same game and not having enough backups to fill in. There was a game last year where Adams got hurt and his replacement got hurt as well. Adams then had to come back into the game despite being hurt.
So what if Starks gave up a few sacks in a preseason game against the 49ers. Look at what happened to starting center Maurkice Pouncey in the preseason. He looked bad at times, especially against the Washington Redskins. I’m not saying Pouncey is a bad center; I’m saying that every good player has a bad game.
If anything, Starks would add some much needed depth along the offensive line. It would be smart if sooner, rather than later, the Steelers re-signed him.
D.J. Vasil is a Pittsburgh Steelers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DJV89. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
Patriots' Title Hopes Could Ride On Gronk's Health
The New England Patriots have been able to overcome the injury bug throughout the 2015 NFL season, but if Rob Gronkowski's knee injury turns out to be serious, their title hopes could go away with it. Read More
Patriots Must Hope Gronkowski Isn’t Seriously Hurt
The New England Patriots may have lost their tight end Rob Gronkowski against the Denver Broncos, and they absolutely cannot afford for him to be out long term. Read More
5 Players Bengals Should Cut During 2016 Offseason
The Cincinnati Bengals are bracing for a busy offseason, but before they add any new names, here are five players they need to cut during this upcoming offseason. Read More