According to numerous sources including Max himself via Twitter, Steelers’ right tackle Max Starks has re-signed with the team and will be joingin them in Latrobe in eight days. This was the tweet sent out by Starks just recently;
Max Starks IV
It’s real and sealed! I’ll be seeing you in Latrobe! http://instagr.am/p/NMQ9-hufnW/
Drafted in 2004, the same year as Ben Roethlisberger, Starks will provide an immediate boost to an already improving offensive line. The big man from the Univeristy of Florida is coming off of knee surgery but obviously the Steelers found his rehab to be going quite well.
Should Starks be able to hold down his right tackle spot, this allows second year man Marcus Gilbert to remain on the left side while rookie Mike Adams can learn either or both tackle positions.
This is also a sign that we’ve likely seen the end of Jonathan Scott as well. The cut could come before camp but more than likely they’ll keep him around through Latrobe while they evaluate Starks. Clearly Max is the better choice either to start temporarily or just be a backup if the coaches feel that rookie Mike Adams is ready. Traditionally the Steelers don’t like starting rookies if they can help it which makes you think even more that Starks may start but give way to Adams later in the year possibly.
For me personally I feel much better with the presence of #78 on the roster with so much youth all around Sean Kugler’s unit.