Max Starks thinks he’s done in Pittsburgh


On Sunday, tackle Max Starks will play his 123rd game for the Steelers since they made him their third-round pick in the 2004 draft.

Starks believes that it will be his last as a member of the team. Starks will be a free agent after the season and told Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times that he thinks the team has set up a future plan at tackle that doesn’t include him by drafting Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams the last two seasons.

“Anytime you draft tackles in the second round in back-to-back years, I think it’s their plan to have them as the starting left and right tackles in the future,” Starks said. “That’s their goal. So being a realist, I am not expecting to be back.”

Starks wasn’t expected back in Pittsburgh either of the last two years either. He was released during the summer in 2011 before returning to the team four games into the year and starting the rest of the way. He tore his ACL in the playoffs, leaving him to rehab during the offseason while Adams was pencilled in as the team’s starting left tackle. Starks wound up getting healthy enough to earn a contract from the team, though, and was in position to take over for Adams when it became clear Adams wasn’t ready for the job in the preseason.

Starks has started every game and played well enough to garner some interest from teams looking for help at tackle. Given the way he keeps turning up in a Steelers uniform, however, we’re not sure that he’s as done as he thinks in Pittsburgh.

13 responses to “Max Starks thinks he’s done in Pittsburgh

  1. They would be crazy not to keep him around….price dependent of course. They cannot afford to keep getting Ben killed.

  2. long live Big Max you are a true Steeler for life. Gilbert cant carry your shoulder pads.

    Best of luck in whatever the future brings you.

  3. Keep the man. Every year it seems like the Steelers think they are ready to move on or upgrade from Starks, yet every year he makes his way into the starting lineup and plays great football. It would be dumb not to sign him. He can play both left and right.

  4. I hope they are able to resign him and bring him back. If Max is indeed done, Thanks for your contributions, you helped bring the steelers 2 super bowl championships that fans will always remember.

  5. Max Starks is a truly class act, and a solid, dependable veteran…something the Steelers have been short on the past few years on that O-line.
    To trust Adams and Gilbert to man the starting OT positions next year could be a mistake. Both have shown a certain lack of durability already. his team needs more certainty and consistency on that line, not potentially less.

  6. I don’t understand why the Steelers keep trying to replace Max. He was the best, most consistent Steelers O-lineman this year (yes, better than Maurkice “Why in the world am I in the Pro Bowl?” Pouncey). If the Steelers get rid of Starks, they’ll regret it.

  7. Not only is he done, all of their olinemen are done. It’s gonna take them a while to become relevant again. Many down years await you Pittsburgh. Cheers!

  8. We need to keep Mad Max on the roster. In addition to a long list of performance reasons, Max is also held in high regard by his teammates, especially his linemates and Ben. He is a good guy, is the opposite of a locker room cancer and essential moving forward.

    And as for those two OTs we drafted, they’ve both been some place other than on the playing field for quite some time. In fact, we’ve lost major chunks of time out of Colon, Gilbert, DeCastro and Adams – not to mention minor amounts of time from other linemen.

    We NEED to keep Max.

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