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Steelers bring back Max Starks

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With the offensive line in shambles and the starting quarterback recently in a walking boot, the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed a player who was a key figure in underachieving Steelers offensive lines of the recent past.

Max Starks, whom the team dumped in July, is now back on the team.  The Steelers announced the move this morning.

Starks joined the Steelers as a third-round pick in the 2004 draft.  He played right tackle when the Steelers beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, and he played left tackle when the Steelers beat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

After playing the 2008 season under the transition tender of $6.9 million, Starks signed a four-year, $26.9 million contract in 2009.  After finishing 2010 on injured reserve, the Steelers decided to move on.

Last week, Starks worked out for the Vikings.

To create a roster spot for Starks, the Steelers cut offensive lineman Chris Scott, a fifth-round pick in 2010.

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  1. joetoronto says: Oct 5, 2011 9:29 AM

    I know the O-line isn’t great but really, Ben hangs onto the ball way too long, and always has.

    Sometimes it works out well, but sometimes he’s sacked because of it.

  2. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Oct 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    They should bring back Flozell too. That o-line is absolutely atrocious. Goodell didn’t even need to suspend Big Ben for that rape case because defenses giving him weekly beatings now. By the end of the year he’ll look worse than he did after that motorcycle crash. Count on it.

  3. jobotjones says: Oct 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    I’ve been waiting to see this. Oh well better than nothing.

  4. latrobe21 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    Max will help. He has a bad rap for reasons that I don’t understand.

  5. Steeler's Will says: Oct 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    Yay! Our season is saved! /sarcasm

  6. southpaw2k says: Oct 5, 2011 9:38 AM

    What’s that smell? Oh yeah, it’s desperation.

  7. waussau says: Oct 5, 2011 9:45 AM

    This story is quite the reach…

  8. dcommish says: Oct 5, 2011 9:46 AM

    The Steelers line is so bad that they only bring back players that couldn’t make the club out of training camp and NO other team wants them. Starks and Essex were unemployed for a reason this late into the season. Run Ben run, as best as you can with an injured foot. With this O-line, I sure hope the wife took out more life insurance policies on you.

  9. aldashex86 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:47 AM

    It’s sad that every Steelers fan (including myself) was more than likely doing a happy dance this morning when we seen this. You would have thought the Steelers signed Joe Thomas from my reaction this morning….Things are not good in the burgh.

    Hopefully this can at least get our line back from awful to mediocre. We can win with mediocre. lol

  10. kckingb says: Oct 5, 2011 9:49 AM

    you know how to improve a horrible line, just rehire the guy who couldn’t do it the first time

  11. ss1jlf says: Oct 5, 2011 9:53 AM

    It’s about time…

  12. allprofantasy says: Oct 5, 2011 9:55 AM

    We still need Flozell Adams

  13. orakpownd says: Oct 5, 2011 9:57 AM

    Graspers.

  14. getyourownname says: Oct 5, 2011 9:57 AM

    Honestly, I’ve always felt an O line might not even be necessary for Ben to play well.

  15. Mike Tomlin says: Oct 5, 2011 10:00 AM

    How exactly is a line that is annually “terrible” but makes it to the Super Bowl considered underachieving?

    This is a good signing. Nothing you can do about injuries but have the next best man step up. In this case Starks is the next best man because he knows the system and has experience in it. He may not be the most talented but what are they supposed to do when 2 guys go down every week with injuries?

    Also, regardless of how well the Ravens have played they are only 1 game ahead of the Steelers. With the Steelers losses coming on the road against 2 of the better teams in the AFC, lets see what happens when their schedule settles down a bit.

  16. dayumyou says: Oct 5, 2011 10:00 AM

    This is good news…now we need the Hotel back…Ben can take a cut in his salary and get him gastric bypass surgery!!!

  17. bullybirds says: Oct 5, 2011 10:03 AM

    And this helps the defenses mishaps how?

  18. DiscountMescan says: Oct 5, 2011 10:03 AM

    ANYONE is better than Johnathan Scott at this point. I think Gilbert will be good but he got thrown into the lions den this year without the benefit of OTA’s and camp.

    Flozell wanted too much otherwise he would have already played 4 games.

    And although I agree Ben holds onto the ball too long this year he hasn’t even had a chance to prove that theory correct.

  19. ragingmouse says: Oct 5, 2011 10:04 AM

    “Desperate times call for desperate measured”…

  20. ragingmouse says: Oct 5, 2011 10:04 AM

    …that is measures.

  21. dcommish says: Oct 5, 2011 10:08 AM

    Bet no one picks up Chris Scott, just like no one picked up Starks or Essex either. I guess it’s better to have over $100 in linebackers than in the O-line whose protecting your franchise QB. How’s that working out for ya?

  22. yzguy431 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:08 AM

    ’bout time.

  23. johnnycamparm says: Oct 5, 2011 10:08 AM

    Honestly, I think a blocking sled (with the center removed so Pouncey can fit in there) would be an upgrade over this O-line…

  24. dickroy says: Oct 5, 2011 10:13 AM

    At least they are finally doing something. I’m glad they comprehend that the offensive line is a serious problem.

  25. cancelsundayticket says: Oct 5, 2011 10:13 AM

    Just read where Max Starks is being brought back for “depth on the line” and “not as an immediate starter”…

    Surely they jest…He could not possibly be any worse that whomever they plan on plugging in at LT!

  26. Ricardo Grande says: Oct 5, 2011 10:24 AM

    LOL @ Yinzers…

    Your team colors should be black and blue.

  27. tomthebombtracy says: Oct 5, 2011 10:27 AM

    Reports are because of the neck injury he couldn’t work out this offseason and his weight ballooned to close to 400. He’s lost about 60 pounds.

    The defense is more the issue. Steelers were congratulated on new ideas for Timmons, Woodley, Ike and Troy….all of whom were ending contracts soon. Could have been they have gone from playing hard for new deals to watching how pretty their bank accounts look with those obscene signing bonuses.

    Yep, it’s the Super Bowl hangover.

  28. oldbrowndawg says: Oct 5, 2011 10:31 AM

    Most important news here is that they had to cut a guy they drafted last year. Gee, and I thought the Steelers were infallible not only in their play on the field, but also in their draft picks. Urbik and Scott seem to suggest otherwise. What a shame. :-) This move is, as one poster noted, desperation and will do little to protect #7. Ozzie Newsome and others have now figured it out: To beat Pittsburgh, put #7 on the ground. It’s starting to work and you can bet every D coordinator in the league is licking his chops waiting for his chance to use blitzes and other pressure packages on Pittsburgh. I love it!

  29. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 5, 2011 10:32 AM

    They could bring back Maxwell Smart and it wouldn’t help.

    They’s toast.

  30. ravensj5 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:38 AM

    Hopefully Starks can play OL and DB…..

  31. joe6606 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:41 AM

    I’d like to have Flozell back too, but he reportedly wants $5 million.

    Not only is that WAY too much, but we are living in salary cap hell, and can’t afford that, if even we wanted to overpay to bring him back. Frankly, I dont know where they are getting the $$ to pay Max.

    This season is spiraling down fast…

  32. stinkfist5 says: Oct 5, 2011 10:43 AM

    Won’t help…

    “Oh what’s that honey? The timer went off? YEP THEY”RE DONE”

  33. Steeler's Will says: Oct 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    oldbrowndawg says:
    Oct 5, 2011 10:31 AM
    To beat Pittsburgh, put #7 on the ground. It’s starting to work and you can bet every D coordinator in the league is licking his chops waiting for his chance to use blitzes and other pressure packages on Pittsburgh. I love it!
    ———————
    You mean…repeatedly sacking the QB is a sound defensive strategy? Who’da thunk?

  34. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 5, 2011 11:14 AM

    are you sure that’s Max Starks?

    Looks a little like Vince Young’s impersonator.

  35. slammincamnewton says: Oct 5, 2011 11:16 AM

    Yah this is gonna help

  36. pigskinswag says: Oct 5, 2011 11:18 AM

    Steelers Front Office: “Oops! Our bad!”

  37. geezohman says: Oct 5, 2011 11:20 AM

    (diehard Steeler fan since 1970)…

    the line has been lousy for couple years..

    duh… no one signed them…

    SINCE we have an ‘easy’ schedule, like other people comments:
    lousy to mediocer line, we MIGHT be able to make playoffs…

    Guess we should try…

    OTHERWISE…. suck for luck., trade draft pick for better picks and get offense line people, couple free agents.. and try again Fall of 2012… I don’t mind one year to ‘rebuild’,

    I had predicted early.. losses to Baltimore, Patriots giving us a super record for this year..

    but NOT NOW ! we suck, can’t run, can’t defend against the run…

    Here is the new 1st Grade Primer

    PASS BEN PASS

    CATCH Receivers CATCH

  38. polishrod says: Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    6 rings of waiver wire pickups. I love watching the Steelers fail

    Where are all the ignorant Steeler fans now?

  39. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 11:39 AM

    @joetoronto …

    Yes, Ben hangs onto the ball too long, although as you pointed out, that can have occasional advantages. But that’s not the issue right now. The pocket is collapsing before he can take two steps back from center. It borders on criminal to put anyone behind that offensive line–and it’s idiotic to put a $100 million asset back there. Since Max has lost weight and is presumably reporting in playing shape now, that will help. But they should have brought back Flozell, too, no matter what he’s asking. This move is like trying to plug a thumb-size hole in the dike with a pinkie finger.

  40. steelerfanjo says: Oct 5, 2011 11:43 AM

    Steelers 2012 NFL Draft

    Rd 1. OT
    Rd 2. OG
    Rd 3. CB
    Rd 4. DL
    Rd 5. OT
    Rd 6. OG
    Rd 7. DL

  41. holeinone09 says: Oct 5, 2011 11:45 AM

    Happy the Steelers organization did something to shore up this very weak and injury-decimated area. At least Max knows the system. It is reported he has lost most of the weight he gained after his last injury. If he has a brain in his head and any talent left at all (and I used to think he had some), he will take full advantage of this opportunity to attempt to salvage what might be left of his career and continue to make some money. If he doesn’t he will probably be gone as soon as the other walking wounded heel up. But for some reason, I can’t see him being worse that Scott or Gilbert.

    Will you OL guys PLEASE give Ben another second or 2 to make a play for crying out loud? Have some pride in yourselves!

    GO STEELERS!!

  42. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 11:49 AM

    bullybirds says:

    And this helps the defenses mishaps how?

    ————————————————-
    One step at a time. When a guy has a severed artery and a broken leg, you deal with the artery first. Thank heavens the team finally seems to have noticed the dude is hemorrhaging to death and started trying to apply a tourniquet. If we can keep the offense from continually going three and out, that’s certainly one way to help the defense.

    Beyond that, we need to start by rethinking our run defense–and it’s obviously more complicated than age and post-Super Bowl blahs. Harrison, at 33, was having a good year while Woodley (26) and Timmons (25) have barely made a peep. That’s not an age issue. And if the drubbing by Baltimore didn’t snap them out of their Super Bowl stupor, nothing will. Perhaps the changes resulting from Harrison’s injury will force people to step up. Or maybe LeBeau needs to shake up the defensive play-calling.

  43. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 5, 2011 11:54 AM

    polishrod says:Oct 5, 2011 11:22 AM

    6 rings of waiver wire pickups. I love watching the Steelers fail

    Where are all the ignorant Steeler fans now?

    ——————————————————–

    Just look for where all the Pirate fans are hiding.

    That’s where you’ll find all the Steeler fans hanging out…

  44. thefinestzip says: Oct 5, 2011 11:54 AM

    Basically traded their fifth rounder for someone they already had… Should never got rid of him in the first place

  45. heyzeus143 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:20 PM

    Titans

  46. ericwitt2117 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:20 PM

    Starks is better than Scott, not saying much, but a message to Steeler nation, and Steeler haters, We will be jus fine. Remember the team that beat Pittsburgh last year in the Super Bowl, (Packers) thats right the same problems, they also started slow last year, and look where they ended up. Steeler Nation take a deep breath and relax, your embarssing the rest of us with your gloom and doom. Steeler haters, if hating on a max starks post is the greatest thing you have to do in a day, get a life.

  47. dcommish says: Oct 5, 2011 12:36 PM

    Bet no one picks up Chris Scott, just like no one picked up Starks or Essex either. I guess it’s better to have over $100 million (forgot the word the first time) in linebackers than in the O-line whose protecting your franchise QB. How’s that working out for ya?

    Cap Charge for 2011, not actual $ of contracts: 8 linebackers = $26,980,803 and 9 linemen(not counting Starks) = $18,307,980. This is all you need to know.

  48. scoops1 says: Oct 5, 2011 12:36 PM

    Old, Slow…and its OVER

  49. drunkendegenerate says: Oct 5, 2011 12:48 PM

    Why didn’t the Jets bring this guy in? Wayne Hunter is horrendous. The Jets are in trouble, not just the last two weeks or this week. It could be a long, long season.

  50. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 1:06 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    polishrod says:

    Where are all the ignorant Steeler fans now?
    ——————————————————–
    Just look for where all the Pirate fans are hiding.

    *******************************
    If you two fools will look around, you’ll see the Steelers fans are here intelligently discussing our team’s issues. The big question is why you’re so obsessed with Pittsburgh that one of you has made the Steelers his identity? My, how flattering! I guess no matter what is happening with Pittsburgh, it’s still more interesting than whatever is going on with your teams and you just can’t stay away. :lol:

  51. dickroy says: Oct 5, 2011 1:50 PM

    6 rings of waiver wire pickups. I love watching the Steelers fail
    ————————————————–
    You must be a fan of a team that the Steelers always dominate. A team that does not have a very good front office and very few winning seasons.

    That could be jealousy!

  52. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 5, 2011 2:20 PM

    Deb says:Oct 5, 2011 1:06 PM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    polishrod says:

    Where are all the ignorant Steeler fans now?
    ——————————————————–
    Just look for where all the Pirate fans are hiding.

    *******************************
    If you two fools will look around, you’ll see the Steelers fans are here intelligently discussing our team’s issues. The big question is why you’re so obsessed with Pittsburgh that one of you has made the Steelers his identity? My, how flattering! I guess no matter what is happening with Pittsburgh, it’s still more interesting than whatever is going on with your teams and you just can’t stay away.

    —————————————————

    How’s ’bout dem Pirates?

    “HERE WE GO PIRATES, HERE WE GO!!”

    lol!

  53. Steeler's Will says: Oct 5, 2011 2:35 PM

    Deb says:
    Oct 5, 2011 1:06 PM
    If you two fools will look around, you’ll see the Steelers fans are here intelligently discussing our team’s issues. The big question is why you’re so obsessed with Pittsburgh that one of you has made the Steelers his identity? My, how flattering! I guess no matter what is happening with Pittsburgh, it’s still more interesting than whatever is going on with your teams and you just can’t stay away.
    ———————–
    Horrendous trolling like “quittsburghstoolers” makes me long for the days of RebaT and steeler-hater.

  54. ravensnation3478 says: Oct 5, 2011 4:15 PM

    Hahahaha…ya still ain’t gonna be able to stop Sizzle and Ngata!! Can’t wait to break Stooler fans last thread of hope Nov. 6th!!

  55. ppdoc13 says: Oct 5, 2011 5:19 PM

    Cap Charge for 2011, not actual $ of contracts: 8 linebackers = $26,980,803 and 9 linemen(not counting Starks) = $18,307,980. This is all you need to know.

    That about says it all. I didn’t realize that they were in that kind of cap issue.

    Bottom line – it just ain’t gonna be a good year for the Steelers. Reality sucks, but it is reality. Most important thing is to make their next draft count. I looked at their 2010 draft and it was horrible except for Pouncey and possibly Sanders. Only getting 1.5 players in a full draft just won’t cut it in the long term.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am not shoveling dirt on their graves. The season has a long way to go. Who knows, if Flacco got a major injury the Ravens are finished, jut like the Colts have found out. But anyone that watches the AFCN knows that the Steelers just aren’t the same team this year.

  56. tedmurph says: Oct 5, 2011 5:28 PM

    I don’t get the fascination w/FAdams. He’s 36 and held on the last couple of years(literally he’s been near the top of the league in holding and false starts penalties the last 2 yrs). What’s next, coaxing Faneca out of retirement? Might be better than what they have, but they might be better served signing a couple of guys off practice squads and coaching them up. For example Ted Larson was signed by Tampa off NE practice squad and started the rest of the yr for a pretty good team.

  57. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 8:27 PM

    @quittsburghstoolers …

    Honey, I’m a football fan. The only pirate that interests me is Johnny Depp.

  58. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 8:33 PM

    @tedmurph …

    I was dead-set against bringing in Flozell last season. To me, he was the Big Tripper. But he did well enough to be chosen team MVP. And we made it to the Super Bowl with that line. At this point, I’m desperate. If I thought we could find some young, strong, fast, savvy o-lineman out there we could pick up instead of Flo, I’d take him. But there’s not, and I don’t think Max alone will be enough.

  59. Deb says: Oct 5, 2011 8:35 PM

    @Steeler’s Will …

    I’d have to have a concussion to miss RebaT. LOL

  60. upyoursnfu says: Oct 5, 2011 9:41 PM

    This is like using a band aid to repair a leaking damn. The Steelers need a lot more than this

  61. dmobey says: Oct 6, 2011 12:10 AM

    Quite simple Deb.

    You have a rapist as a QB and a fan base that has absolutely no life to the extent they make excuses for said rapist, cheap shot Harrison, etc.

    Understand now or are you slow like most of the city?

    *******************************
    Deb says:
    Oct 5, 2011 1:06 PM
    quittsburghstoolers says:
    polishrod says:

    Where are all the ignorant Steeler fans now?
    ——————————————————–
    Just look for where all the Pirate fans are hiding.

    *******************************
    If you two fools will look around, you’ll see the Steelers fans are here intelligently discussing our team’s issues. The big question is why you’re so obsessed with Pittsburgh that one of you has made the Steelers his identity? My, how flattering! I guess no matter what is happening with Pittsburgh, it’s still more interesting than whatever is going on with your teams and you just can’t stay away.

  62. Steeler's Will says: Oct 6, 2011 8:41 AM

    dmobey says:
    Oct 6, 2011 12:10 AM
    Quite simple Deb.

    You have a rapist as a QB and a fan base that has absolutely no life to the extent they make excuses for said rapist, cheap shot Harrison, etc.

    Understand now or are you slow like most of the city?

    —————–
    No life?? Hey now excusing rapists and cheap shotters keeps me pretty busy.
    As opposed to your life which brings you to the internet at midnight to get the last word in on a dead thread. Painful trolling, dmobey.

  63. Deb says: Oct 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    @dmobey ….

    That’s right, Steelers fans have no life because they comment intelligently on their own team’s interests. Life would have so much more meaning if they spent it trolling another team’s threads like you do, posting nonsense in a desperate attempt to get attention. :lol:

  64. dmobey says: Oct 6, 2011 4:27 PM

    Apparently desperate and successful.

    ********************************
    Deb says:
    Oct 6, 2011 11:26 AM
    @dmobey ….

    That’s right, Steelers fans have no life because they comment intelligently on their own team’s interests. Life would have so much more meaning if they spent it trolling another team’s threads like you do, posting nonsense in a desperate attempt to get attention.

  65. Deb says: Oct 6, 2011 5:29 PM

    Haha … yep, you are entertainment on a dull day …

  66. steelcurtainn says: Oct 6, 2011 6:20 PM

    Good! Now put him in J. Scotts spot immediately. Welcome back, Max.

  67. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 7, 2011 2:45 AM

    Deb says:Oct 5, 2011 8:27 PM

    @quittsburghstoolers …

    Honey, I’m a football fan. The only pirate that interests me is Johnny Depp.

    ———————————————————

    lol!

    So you’re saying you think that not only can’t any of the Pittsburgh Pirates play baseball worth a damn but that they are all too ugly looking for you to be interested in them?

    That’s bad… poor guys can’t play ball worth a lick and on top of that they are such losers they don’t even have their looks to fall back on.

    Sad, very sad…

  68. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 7, 2011 2:50 AM

    Deb says:
    Oct 5, 2011 1:06 PM
    quittsburghstoolers says:
    polishrod says:

    Where are all the ignorant Steeler fans now?
    ——————————————————–
    Just look for where all the Pirate fans are hiding.

    *******************************
    If you two fools will look around, you’ll see the Steelers fans are here *intelligently* discussing our team’s issues.

    —————————————————–

    There’s a first. The word “intelligently” is in the same sentence as “Steeler fans” and the words “not very” aren’t in front of it.

    What’s next, a cure for the common cold? Will miracles never cease…

  69. Deb says: Oct 7, 2011 12:05 PM

    @quitsburghstoolers …

    Hi, welcome to 2011. NFL teams have global fan bases. We’re not all sitting in some pub in Pittsburgh rooting for the home teams. I’m a Fla. gal who’s been a loyal Steeler diehard for 34 years since I was a kid. And I popped from the womb into a Bama family, so I don’t care about the fortunes or misfortunes of Pitt. ROLL TIDE!! The only roundball I follow is Little League. You can keep up that Pirates schtick if you want, but this is a football site, and to a lot of us, it just seems silly.

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