James Starks returns to Packers

Reuters

The Packers will bring back both of their top running backs from the 2015 season.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that James Starks has agreed to terms with the Packers on a new contract. Starks was an unrestricted free agent and visited with the Patriots before agreeing to return to Green Bay.

Starks ran 148 times for 601 yards and two touchdowns while sharing time with Eddie Lacy in the Packers backfield. Lacy was the starter for the majority of the season, but Starks got the nod with the first team four times as the team worked around some sluggish performances by Lacy.

Lacy is expected to remain on top of the depth chart for the start of the 2016 season, although arrangement could change if Lacy fails to get into the kind of condition that coach Mike McCarthy said is a must. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, Starks, who also had 43 catches last season, should see plenty of action in his seventh season with the Packers.

36 responses to “James Starks returns to Packers

  1. Pudge was probably hoping Starks would take the Miami gig… With a viable (and most times better) alternative, he’ll now have to take that weight thing a bit more serious.

  2. Great can we now go out and find a left tackle who won’t get Rodgers killed? Anyone who watches Offensive Line play will tell you Bakhtiari is mediocre on a good day. Rodgers has 5-6 good years left in him. They need to find a solid solution to keep him healthy for that time. If Rodgers is ever given consistent time in the pocket and not asked to scramble for his life every play, the sky is the limit.

  3. Typical Ted Thompson move, players hitting Free Agency dream of the big pay day and that is certainly true for a select handful of impact players. So he let James Starks go test the FA waters and he must have concluded that what the Packers were offering is the market rate. Now we get a known commodity at a fair price which is a far better value proposition than overpaying for most of the Free Agents signed in the first few days of free agency. The vast majority of those players are typically overpaid (Suh? Fat Albert Haynesworth? Matt Flynn anyone?)

    Our championship starved team to the west is about to learn that lesson big time.

  4. Guess the Viking trolls haven’t seen a recent picture of Lacy. Well, that’s okay, it’ll be a nice surprise.
    Starks should continue to be a good change of pace back, running past people like whoever that is grabbing at him in the picture.
    This lets Thompson concentrate on O and D line, ILB, and TE.

  5. scoops1 says:
    Mar 18, 2016 9:45 AM
    needs to fix his fumbling problems!!!!!

    I still wish we had Jonathan Franklin

    ________________________________________
    Franklin played only one season for the Packers and was forced to retire because of a neck injury.
    In 19 rushing attempts he fumbled twice, losing one which was returned for a TD. He also caught 4 passes in his short career.
    Starks has carried the ball 555 times in his career and has caught 106 passes. He has fumbled 10 times in his career, losing 4.
    So how do you justify saying you wish the Packers still had Franklin, when his rate of fumbling is about 28 times higher than Starks?

  6. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Mar 18, 2016 9:02 AM

    I’m not sure adding a bunch of rejects is helping your team. We sign our own players. It’s how we roll. #believe. #13xWorldChamps
    _______

    Remember when you guys were dying to get Matt Forte on your team? Now that he rejected you, all of a sudden you don’t want to add anyone else’s rejects.

  7. 9-7 is the best the Pack can hope for this year. Might get them a wildcard spot, but I doubt it. Most likely they finish 8 and 8. Packer stock won’t be worth the paper it’s written on….oh, wait….

  8. for some reason they would’ve received a 4th round compensatory pick next year to make up for ted thompsons incompetence. but yeah, he’s a decent backup running back.

  9. Fun seeing all the Bears and Vikings fans come mock the Packers about their roster. While the Bears and Vikings go out and BUY a new roster, the Packers know how to build them.

  10. The Packers led overall Nos. 1 and 2 two-back production in the North Division in the three-year period of the 2013-2015 regular seasons. That doesn’t include nearly 700 yards of postseason production from these positions during this time.

    They did it while spending less than $6M. The Vikings spent approximately $25M on Peterson alone.

    My cost figures might be off a little, but not by much. The Viking trolls continue to believe they have earned the right to mock the Packers.

    Why, exactly?

  11. People can say what they want, but he played a pretty important roll in the SB run. He can be a starter, especially for a team like Miami that was looking at him.

    Top Tier RBs are the least important when trying to build a franchise NFL, Adrian Peterson, CJ2K at his very best, Portis Ricky Williams, Shaun Alexander, and LT. All were great at what they did and fun to watch, but those guys which the offense offense was mostly built around has been to a combined 1 Super Bowl appearance.

  12. Some sluggish performances by Lacy? You mean when Lacy slugged around that gut of his last year?

    And that is going to change next year because Lacy is doing P90x? A gimmick exercise program designed to get short term results then fall off. Yeah an infomercial exercise fad is much better than having an NFL training facility with a full training staff at your disposal. 😛

  13. Why would you want Foster?
    Is it, because he is a familiar name?
    A sacrifice to the IR list?
    He had talent, but has he even said he wants to keep playing?

    He may retire… He only played 25 of the last 48. He was great but that was 5 years ago..

  14. Glad to have Starks back, good insurance at reasonable price. Ted brought back who I hoped he would at market rates.

    Would love to see them sign Dansby, maybe even bring Cook in if he comes cheap. Other than that, it’s draft time.

  15. cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 18, 2016 3:03 PM

    Some sluggish performances by Lacy? You mean when Lacy slugged around that gut of his last year?

    And that is going to change next year because Lacy is doing P90x? A gimmick exercise program designed to get short term results then fall off. Yeah an infomercial exercise fad is much better than having an NFL training facility with a full training staff at your disposal. 😛
    ==================================
    Lacy only ran for 100 yards or more in 3 games last year. One of those was when he was “slugging around that gut of his” against the Vikings.

  16. Way to lockup the 6th best RB in the north to go with your 4th best.

    Seems like greenbay is already sandbagging themselves to get a top 5 pick in 2017 so they can replace their aging discount double cheat.

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