Starks signs $1.85 million deal with Steelers
April 27, 2007
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks signed his tender offer of $1.85 million for the 2007 season Friday, the last day the he could do so.
The Steelers have not negotiated with Starks on an extension past 2007, a sign they will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next year. By tendering an offer to the 6-foot-8, 340-pound Starks, the Steelers forced any team that wanted to sign the offensive lineman this year to give up a first-round draft pick.
Starks, a former star at Florida, was a third-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2004 and started every game during their Super Bowl-winning season in 2005. He started their first 14 games last season, but injured his eight knee and was replaced for the final two games by rookie Willie Colon.
While Colon is expected to push Starks during training camp, it appears likely Starks will start for one more season before the Steelers switch to Colon or another player in 2008.
Starks, the son of former NFL star lineman Ross Browner, has a solid season in 2005 but the Steelers felt he had a falloff last season -- especially against pass rushers with speed.
Updated on Friday, Apr 27, 2007 7:32 pm EDT
I found this on Yahoo. I know the draft is tomorrow but nobody even mentioned this??? So is this the beginning of the end for Starks...