Max Starks released by Steelers

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The Steelers have a brand new problem on their offensive line.  They need a left tackle.

Alex Marvez of reports the team surprisingly let Max Starks know Wednesday night that they are cutting him.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentioned via Twitter that Starks’ weight was in the high 300’s.   He was coming off neck surgery.  (Okay, maybe this shouldn’t have been a huge shock.)

We’ve heard the Steelers want to bring back Willie Colon, a move which will take greater importance now.  Johnathan Scott could also get another look.

48 responses to “Max Starks released by Steelers

  1. Doesnt matter.. He was out most of the year last year and the steelers made it to the superbowl. Steelers O line gets a bad rep.. truth is their pretty good, Ben just holds on to the ball too long

  2. Yawn. They made it to the SB without him last year. That money can be spent better elsewhere. They drafted his replacement in the 2nd round this year.

  3. Honestly the steelers don’t make many mistakes in free agency. You most likely hear much from him anymore.

  4. Signing Max might really be the biggest free agent acquisition of the new season.

  5. Steelers might not have liked the way the injury healed and or how much shape he could of gotten back to…with the lockout being so long he proly was n terrible shape

  6. Somebody remind them they drafted a DT not an OT. They probably forgot, seeing as how there hasn’t been anything going on since the draft.

  7. I think if anything they are clearing room for Willie Colons return. He wanted more money than Starks was making and that wasnt going to happen with him still on the team. I dont think they are clearing cap room for any big free agent signings as they were already over the cap. At best, theyre looking to sign Colon and maybe Plaxico. Matt Light is a possibility I guess but hes up there in age to.

    Im thinking Colon will fill in at LT while Gilbert waits, then slide to either RT or RG next season. John Scott is very much in the race too as he missed time in his rookie season last year with a broken foot.

    Whatever the reason, it was the right decision. Steelers line is better then they get credit for, especially in 2009 with Colon in there.

  8. They better be doing something big with that line! Scott and Colon will not get it done!

  9. The Steelers have a track record of knowing when a guy is on the decline and letting somebody else over-pay for their services.

  10. the Buccaneers have another chance to step-up and do something (C’mon Man!)

    He grew up 45 min from Tampa, No State Tax here
    (C’mon Man!)

  11. trbowman says:
    Jul 27, 2011 11:24 PM
    It’s a good thing Ben is as tough as he is.
    Well, I wouldn’t call raping 120lb college girls tough. But you could say, at least he knows how it feels to be raped by another man. Just ask the Green Bay packers


  12. The Steelers line was horrible last year…although I didn’t think this guy was the problem. There’s one or two guys on that line that can’t figure out how to count and false-start mutliple times per game.

    Definitely something that needs to be worked on.

  13. High 300s? Sounds like the dude was in no way ready for training camp and probably wouldn’t be ready to start when the season began. I don’t know if it was because he couldn’t rehab after his surgery but is it possible he maybe enjoyed the lockout too much?

  14. Pouncey has been extraordinary, but we still have big issues on that line. We didn’t expect Max’s release, but maybe this will turn out to be a step in the right direction. Colbert usually knows what he’s doing.

  15. Max Starks? FA? Dom Capers is probably camped out on Ted Thomas’ doorstep tonight. The Pack loves big beef and the systems don’t clash.

  16. High 300’s. Max, WTF. Go to a lockout and these guys start gobbling down the twinkies and not staying in shape.

    Well max thanks for helping us win 2 superbowls. With his injuries and the steelers needing to shave his high salary. It was the right move. I hope anyways….. I am just hoping Gilbert pans out. We definitely need more stability on the line even with Big Ben always hanging on the ball too long.(which I dont have a problem with). If I had to start the line today it would be Adams, Kemo, Pounce, Colon, Gilbert/Foster. Kemo better step up his protection skills, after costing us 6 in the SB or he’ll be on the chopping block. Still po’d about that. I know kugs will get the best out of them. Good luck Max….. Ready for the season. HERE WE GO STEELERS! HERE WE GO! In the Rooneys we trust……………

  17. doesnt matter anyway the steelers window for winning another SB has been offically closed.

  18. “dirtyharry1971 says:
    Jul 28, 2011 12:43 AM
    doesnt matter anyway the steelers window for winning another SB has been offically closed.”

    And dirtyharry1971’s opportunity for wisdom, insight & clarity passed him way too quickly!!!

  19. Not even trying to piss people off in Pitt….but…..i gurantee Bmore takes a good hard look at Max. Hes only 29 and 6’8 he was a beast before he got hurt and the Ravens def need another T, i would be pleased with him….

  20. fancyleague says:
    Jul 27, 2011 11:32 PM
    Somebody remind them they drafted a DT not an OT. They probably forgot, seeing as how there hasn’t been anything going on since the draft.


    Hey Einstein… they drafted a DE, and they also took an OT in the second round.

  21. During AFC championship celebration there was a profile shot of Max Starks in the dressing room and he looked H-U-G-E……but i just thought it was a bad angle and dismissed it. Apparently the Steelers FO didn’t care for his profile either.

    Jared Gaither is still available and would be a great option.

  22. On the surface this seems like a surprise move, except as many already said the Steelers rarely make a move like this without an excellent reason. They have not made many mistakes on moves like this in the past. I assume this means bringing Willie back is a priority, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do reach out and pick up at least one bigger name free agent to bolster the OL.


  23. I think this is a power move by Ben. Max is expendable because he told management to keep Colon. Everyone knows that Colon was a part of his milledgeville misadventures. Also, I read somewhere that Ben was Colon’s best man in his wedding (or vice versa).

    The Steelers didn’t have the money to resign Willie and keep Flo and Max. The only problem is that Willie is also coming off a tricky injury and didn’t play all of last year as well. Hopefully we don’t give Colon a huge contract.

  24. @aldashex86 …

    I’ve liked a lot of your posts, but if you think Art Rooney, Kevin Colbert, and Mike Tomlin are making multi-million-dollar personnel decisions to so Ben can keep his homeboys around him, you’re out of your bloody mind. Colon was not his best man, and Ben had to make some serious lifestyle changes to keep his own job. He may tell his coaches he’d like a tall receiver, but he’s not making any power moves.

    If they keep Colon, it’s because he’s considered one of the better players at his position in the league, he’s young, and he’s in good shape. And it will be because Kugler thinks he’s the man for the job. Kugler has been a great addition to the coaching staff; he knows what he’s doing.

  25. @ Deb,

    I like most of your posts as well but, I cannot see a valid reason why we would cut one tackle who has a serious injury to sign another who has a serious injury, just to make the kept tackle change positions. I did not say I knew for sure that he was Ben’s best man, please read again, I said I think I read that Ben was his, I think….

    Colon is a good player…at RT (we don’t know about LT). Good, not one of the best. And as for what shape Colon is in….how are you sure? Up until yesterday, most of us thought that Max was in fine shape and recovered well from his injury.

    I probably shouldn’t have said power move but, I have a hard time believing this big change did not have some input from Ben. If not….why not just cut Flo loose? Willie plays RT. I hope we can sign Willie on the cheap, maybe for around 2-3M a year, being that he is a risk. Achilles injuries are nothing to mess with, especially when you are essentually a 300 lb ballerina.

    I would actually rather just get Scott back at LT and make a little offer to Richard Marshall. But, that is putting a lot of faith in Pounce’s buddy, Gilbert, to develop quickly. But, I’m sure you think Pounce being friends with Gilbert didn’t influence our pristine front office either.


  26. Out w/ one Gator (Starks) & in w/ another (Gilbert). Steelers saving $7m in cap space w/ this move – what’s not to like??? I still don’t want them to sign Willie the Colon……

  27. @aldashex86 …

    No, I don’t think the friendships of players go into these decisions. A player may suggest a coach check out a friend he played with in college–and that may result in a hire. But football is a business, not an old boys club. Too much money is at stake for organizations to gamble on hiring pals unless their play makes it worthwhile.

    Colon is considered one of the better linemen in the game. Personally, I’ve always thought he was highly overrated. But Max showed up significantly overweight coming off his injury, and apparently that was his undoing. I hope that was his undoing because he was the alternate to Ryan Clark as our union rep, and the NFLPA is going to be looking into cuts of any union reps to make sure there were no retaliations. The Steelers are pretty union-friendly, so I imagine they can show good reason for letting him go. A neck injury is tricky for an o-lineman.

    We don’t know yet if Colon is staying. But if he is, it will be because they think he should be there–and because they can agree to terms. They know if he’s overweight, and would know from his doctors how the ACL has progressed.

    We may pick up someone like Matt Light. I was against getting Flozell, but the team was thrilled with the work he did last season, so you never know. I am hoping we’re going to sign some free agent talent to the line and/or the secondary.

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