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James Starks set to re-sign with Packers

Perrish Cox, James Starks AP

James Starks was set to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Instead, he’s decided he’s perfectly happy in the Midwest.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, Starks is set to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal. While the deal is not yet completed, it is considered “imminent.

Starks was Green Bay’s second-leading rusher last season behind rookie Eddie Lacy. Starks had 89 carries for 493 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers while Lacy was named to the Pro Bowl with 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Starks elected to return to a crowded backfield in Green Bay. In addition to Lacy, Jonathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris also remain on the roster. Franklin had 19 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown in his rookie season. Harris missed last season due to injury but proved an effective option in 2012 with 157 yards and two touchdowns in four games for the Packers.

The Steelers, meanwhile, have been in search of help in their backfield. In addition to the scheduled visit with Starks, Pittsburgh has visits with Felix Jones and LaRod Stevens-Howling set up this week.

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51 Responses to “James Starks set to re-sign with Packers”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Mar 17, 2014 10:55 PM

    Welcome back, please stay healthy, and out of the dog house.

  2. packmangamble says: Mar 17, 2014 10:56 PM

    James, go back to Green Bay, at least you have a job there!

  3. rickrock6661982 says: Mar 17, 2014 10:59 PM

    “Instead, he’s decided he’s perfectly happy in the Midwest.”

    You mean, after travelling around the country and realizing that no one was going to overpay him?

  4. ishallcomment says: Mar 17, 2014 11:07 PM

    He made a surprisingly good backup last year.

    Actually seemed better spelling Lacy then starting.

  5. stellarperformance says: Mar 17, 2014 11:19 PM

    Excellent!

  6. imthedudedude says: Mar 17, 2014 11:21 PM

    This has everything to do with the Vikings so lets hear what their fans think….

  7. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 17, 2014 11:24 PM

    Until Elway shows up and crashes the party.

  8. jwcarlson says: Mar 17, 2014 11:24 PM

    He complements Lacy well, will be good to have him back.

  9. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Mar 17, 2014 11:27 PM

    What Ed Thompson wants, Ed Thompson gets.

  10. packeray says: Mar 17, 2014 11:27 PM

    Glad he re-signed. He and Eddie are a great 1 2 punch

  11. jtgush says: Mar 17, 2014 11:41 PM

    smart move James !

  12. steelcurtainn says: Mar 17, 2014 11:43 PM

    Didn’t want him anyways.

  13. gpg629 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:43 PM

    Starks is a good change of pace back. Glad to have back in the green and gold!

  14. lambeauphan says: Mar 17, 2014 11:44 PM

    Good move, the perfect one two punch of the bruiser Lacy and the speed with Starks. Things are coming together, go pack go

  15. theblackrook says: Mar 17, 2014 11:46 PM

    Would love this… I’m so missing James Jones, ALREADY. Though I really want that kid uh… Jeff Janis in the 4th. But yeah Stark is an excellent change of pace back to Lacy. Now we need to resign KUUUHHNNN!

  16. nfl4days says: Mar 17, 2014 11:48 PM

    DuJuan Harris ran great when he got a chance. I hope people haven’t forgotten that. A team that was once desperate for a run game is not stacked with quality backs.

  17. nfl4days says: Mar 17, 2014 11:49 PM

    now*

  18. asusundevil08 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:49 PM

    man…surprised to see how well this off-season is going! can’t believe it is free agency, and i am excited for this team. so, this is what it feels like to be happy in march…hmmm. go pack! this is another quality signing. just need johnny jolly to get well and get signed, and then i will be happy to roll into the draft looking for a safety, mlb, and a tight end.

  19. skololvikings says: Mar 17, 2014 11:50 PM

    James Starks – 28 years old, one Super Bowl ring.

    Minnesota Vikings – 53 years old, zero Super Bowl rings.

    SkoLOL.

  20. Wineshard says: Mar 17, 2014 11:56 PM

    Maybe the Broncos can still swoop in? Deal ain’t a deal til signed….

  21. squealersarelosers says: Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM

    Smart man! He’d rather play for a winner than endure an 8-8 or worse season with the Steelers.

  22. gbmickey says: Mar 18, 2014 12:02 AM

    Old Ted keeping a potent piece of the running attack intact. Hard to argue over 5yds a carry for a backup.

  23. tangysizzl says: Mar 18, 2014 12:07 AM

    An embarrassment of riches!

  24. nwfisch says: Mar 18, 2014 12:19 AM

    He must enjoy clown music.

  25. billford85 says: Mar 18, 2014 12:25 AM

    This is great. Use Dejuan Harris for trade bait. And keep Starks for a change of pace back. Last year Eddie the HAMMER lacy would ground and pound the ball then Starks would come in and flay through defences like they were blind. This is a great move now consider safety Clemons from Miami and del a puente from saints and we have a Super Bowl contender. Draft Clinton-Dix or Pryor in the first and a tight end in the second. Then a CB inthe third to develope behind Williams and shields.

  26. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 18, 2014 12:34 AM

    This guy torched the Bears, after Lacy did (with a bad ankle.) Much respect to my neighbors to the north, oldest and BEST rivalry in sports! Packers lead the Bears 13 – 9 in NFL Championships. No other rivalry can even come close to that.

    NFC NORTH: BEST DIVISION IN THE NFL

  27. trevor123698 says: Mar 18, 2014 1:40 AM

    This mans injuries are behind him and they were all caused by the poor diet that most african americans ignorantly choose. A diet loaded in fried foods, gluten, sugar, and other processed foods is no way to succeed in any athletic endeavor. Some may do it but James learned to be gluten free. I wish i could spend multiple hours lecturing him on what to do. He is a beast and we all saw it in a super bowl run.

    look up on google this phrase

    “good foods, bad foods, and the gluten free diet”

    I’d link you directly but these punk censors seem to not allow that.

  28. vikingsftw says: Mar 18, 2014 2:14 AM

    No one wants to catch immaculate reception II … Sad Pittsburgh!

  29. gbpshareholder says: Mar 18, 2014 2:47 AM

    He fits and he obviously know and respects the history of this league and his/our team… more power to him and “my” Packers… build it up M.M. and T.T., in tradition I trust… GO PACK GO!!!

  30. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 18, 2014 4:49 AM

    Interesting, because he is a traditional Steelers type runner.

    If the money was similar you can understand why he would want to stay in Green Bay.

    Looks like the Steelers will be drafting a late round RB.

  31. randalpnaditch says: Mar 18, 2014 5:11 AM

    Good news. I love the combination of Lacy and Starks. Not much of a break for an opposing teams D. One bruiser following another.

  32. chmura97 says: Mar 18, 2014 6:37 AM

    Welcome back to to the land of mediocrity!

  33. indycheezhed says: Mar 18, 2014 6:38 AM

    Good move. Lacy and Starks were a nice were a nice combination.

  34. beerbratscheese says: Mar 18, 2014 7:31 AM

    Fantastic news. Starks proved last year that he can be an ideal #2 back, and even carry the load periodically. I like Franklin and Harris’ upsides, but I think Starks can add more than they can when he’s healthy. And being #2 on the depth chart should keep him healthy.

  35. themagicfanguy says: Mar 18, 2014 8:24 AM

    Too bad, the Vikings could use a RB that doesn’t suck in big games.

  36. garyman1 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:30 AM

    Excellent…. he has a different speed/burst that Lacey doesn’t have. Makes for a nice change up in the running game. Now TT can focus more of the draft where it’s needed…. Defense.

  37. teal379 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    Crowded backfield. As much as I’m sure they love the idea of Franklin – wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t end up draft day trade bait to move up and get a defensive player Ted covets.

    (Ted’s moved up in the past – CM III comes to mind)

  38. donlowery01 says: Mar 18, 2014 8:42 AM

    Jones and Howling arent the answer Pgh! Dwyer was. Look to the draft now. Or later cuts from the camps.

  39. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 18, 2014 8:43 AM

    Like this move. Two hammers at running back. Can give Lacy a rest and we lose very little.

  40. sterlingrodgers says: Mar 18, 2014 8:52 AM

    This should be good for all parties. Starks seemed to really thrive as a change of pace back last year, showing the explosiveness he had as a rookie. For whatever reason, he has not been able to stay consistently healthy as a featured back with a heavier workload. But he provides a great punch backing up Lacy. Welcome back James!

  41. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:10 AM

    Starks has one ring, and he obviously wants more.

  42. stellarperformance says: Mar 18, 2014 9:32 AM

    garyman1….you are spot-on. This allows Lacy to take a break once in awhile and Starks can do his thing….different than Lacy, but effectively as well.

  43. aa1829 says: Mar 18, 2014 9:43 AM

    Awesome. Now I feel a little better about our off season moves. Starks can help us tremendously coming off the bench, and it will keep him healthy. And if he does get dinged up, Harris will be right there. Amazing how RB was a weakness for soooo long, and now it is a great strength that takes our offense to another level. Thanks TT.

  44. dgt178 says: Mar 18, 2014 10:31 AM

    ….as stated by many….Lacy/Starks = 1 – 2 PUNCH!!…watch out…….

  45. gforce4all says: Mar 18, 2014 10:55 AM

    Not too excited about this.Starks or Franklin will be gone before the season starts and Lacy and Harris will be the winning combo for the season.

  46. zinjaboy says: Mar 18, 2014 11:22 AM

    sweet. and yes he does love clown music. so does everyone else who wants to bring home our 14th world championship!

    send in the clowns!!!

    Go Pack Go!!!

  47. scoops1 says: Mar 18, 2014 11:24 AM

    can we just cue up the clip of Starks trucking Meriweather from week 2

  48. shaggytoodle says: Mar 18, 2014 11:26 AM

    MM has used RBs pretty much like this when the Packers get the ball at the 20 the starter goes out..

    Then if they are able to pick up a couple of first downs. He spells them near mid field.

    Then the starter rests until they get to they get to the opposing 30ish yard line. So can catch a breather going into the red zone.

  49. longtimefanhtr says: Mar 18, 2014 1:40 PM

    Franklin has to pick it up or he is going to be the odd man out. If Harris’ knee is good he is automatically ahead of him.

  50. shinedown37 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:31 PM

    Now sign Kuhn and the running backs are set!

  51. dmt23 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:19 PM

    A nice lineup of running backs in Green Bay, something Packers fans aren’t used to. Now they’re poised to dominate the air and ground in the North.

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