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Report: James Starks on the trade block

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The Packers have added a pair of running backs in the draft and that may mean that it is time for one of their current backs to find a new place to play.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Packers “have made it known” that they would like to trade James Starks. The team sent Brandon Saine a pink slip before the draft and also have DuJuan Harris and Alex Green on their current roster. They also checked in with veteran Cedric Benson this week before drafting Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in the second and fourth rounds respectively.

Starks was a sixth-round draft pick in 2010 and got a slow start to his NFL career thanks to a training camp injury, but played a key role in the postseason as the Packers went on to win the Super Bowl. Injuries have continued to be a problem with Starks, limiting him to 19 games over the last two seasons and forcing the Packers to look elsewhere for help in the backfield.

We’ll see if the Packers can get anything for Starks or if the rest of the league sees the writing on the wall and just waits for the Packers to send another running back packing.

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25 Responses to “Report: James Starks on the trade block”
  1. vikescry1 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:57 PM

    thank you for your time and good luck starks but your gone.

  2. dcviking says: Apr 27, 2013 3:15 PM

    how can the packers possibly entertain trading away a genius Sweatty Teddy Thompson pick….this guys (like everyone the Packers drafted this year) is headed for the hall of fame…ask Packers fans.

  3. onbucky96 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:26 PM

    Buh bye. Adios. See ya. Later dude. Can I sum this up any clear for Starks? Oh yeah…YOU’RE TERMINATED!

  4. buhbay1c says: Apr 27, 2013 3:30 PM

    Thompson’s email to the GMs announcing Starks’ availability gave everyone a moment of laughter, adding a little levity to a stressful weekend in the NFL.

  5. ad2k13 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:31 PM

    In Ted you RUST

  6. axespray says: Apr 27, 2013 3:31 PM

    no one claimed that Starks would be hall of fame worthy, but for a 6th round pick, he helped us collect a superbowl win…
    so…that means he’s got more rings than Adrian Peterson/Fran Tarkenton/Jared Allen/John Randle combined….

  7. packafan4life says: Apr 27, 2013 3:46 PM

    Vikings fans attacking a Superbowl winning GM and Running back while their GM drafts punters in the 5th round. We expect nothing less.

  8. getadealdonealready says: Apr 27, 2013 3:59 PM

    It’s funny that these same fans that defend TT were ready to lynch him at the mid-way point of the super bowl winning season. It’s amazing how one albeit well timed winning streak turns the GM from a worthless piece of crap to a Hall of Famer who can’t possibly make a mistake.

    p.s. no one will give you anything for Starks, most teams have backs on their practice squad as good as any RB on your team.

  9. trevor123698 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:11 PM

    After going gluten free he will soon be injury free and will be tearing it up

  10. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 27, 2013 4:17 PM

    Vikings fans know all about building a team for championships.








    Oh man. That was good.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:33 PM

    This is an outrage!

    How are we going to keep beating the Vikings and Bears twice per season like we have for the past 3 years without James Starks?

  12. RedRuffensor says: Apr 27, 2013 4:40 PM

    I’m confused by the disparaging remarks made by some Packers fans against Starks, heretofore one of their own. According to fans of the green and yellow (excuse me, gold), every player who dons the uniform is having a HOF career, pees eau de cologne and walks on water. Oh, yeah, now I remember. That is before the player is cut, traded or leaves in free-agency, at which point he’s considered a crappy player who isn’t worthy of being urinated-upon if on fire.

  13. veence69 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:51 PM

    Packer fans are a joke. Just read the comments.

  14. kwickett85 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:58 PM

    UB baby… come back to Buffalo and take Tashard Choice’s roster spot from him.

  15. farvite says: Apr 27, 2013 5:55 PM

    Trade him for past considerations…

  16. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    Who would trade for Starks when they could just draft somebody better today?

  17. canadapackers says: Apr 27, 2013 6:13 PM

    The man has a ring – he was an integral part of that run to the Superbowl. NFL means not for long – but he doesnt need to be dumped on. We have those who get hurt and those who dont – He cant seem to keep healthy – hope he earns another pay day with some other team – but if not – He was a Packer and always will be.

  18. packmangamble says: Apr 27, 2013 7:13 PM

    Time to concentrate on your two new running backs along with DuJuan Harris. Your current running backs are fair at best, time to let go. As for you Vikings fans, please go polish your Super Bowl trophy case. Oh, that’s right, you don’t have any.

  19. banlarson says: Apr 27, 2013 9:05 PM

    Are the Packers really so stupid as to think any other team would give them something for a practice squad player?

    Do they realize that given their porous defense they will be passing the ball every down, so drafting a few low round lineman and a couple running backs is a bit of a waste. Do they realize they must play defense too?

  20. crefan says: Apr 27, 2013 10:19 PM

    We’ll probably just end up releasing him them the Vikings well jump all over him.
    You know how much they love our scraps.

  21. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 28, 2013 12:36 AM

    From the moment I read about the hard-luck, difficult-to-overcome facets of his early life and college career, I was a James Starks fan. I made me feel wonderful when he got in some great plays leading up to the SuperBowl win.

    Then came the injuries, etc. shucks. Every time he healed enough to get back in, that felt good. And I continued hoping that he would bust loose into a fantastic career on the basis of his years of concentration on working hard to make opportunities for himself.

    Best of good luck to you, James.

  22. chi01town says: Apr 28, 2013 1:30 AM

    The truth is greenbay cant pay him
    to stay. the packers need cap room
    and Starks is a running back, the packers dont use RB’s. Rodgers will pass on every play

  23. vltrophy14 says: Apr 28, 2013 4:17 AM

    Starks “was” good back in 2010 & at least he has that. IMO I also see Kuhn not making the team either this yr. Harris takes Kuhns spot & Benson doesn’t get re signed

  24. stevegie says: Apr 28, 2013 7:25 PM

    man these fans just really don’t have a clue, do they. Is that wisconsin or west virginia talking ?

  25. stevegie says: Apr 28, 2013 7:28 PM

    I’m afraid the Pack is gonna have to rely on the draft and getting the cheap for years to come after tying up so much money into two players.

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