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.