The Pittsburgh Steelers have been relatively quite in this free agency period due to salary cap issues. According to Overthecap.com, the Steelers have under $3 million in cap room, but that is not stopping the franchise from looking at players. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Steelers will host free agent running back James Starks on Monday.
Pittsburgh drafted Le’Veon Bell last season to bolster their sagging run game. Bell injured himself in the preseason and was lost for the start of the 2013 season. When he returned to the field, the rookie rushed for 860 yards and eight touchdowns.
In his absence, Bell’s replacements struggled to run the football. The Steelers used a variety of combinations in the backfield but the run game struggled with the likes of Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones in the mix.
I viable backup for Bell is needed by the Steelers. Preferably one with NFL experience. Enter James Starks.
Starks played for the Packers while averaging 5.5 yards per carry last season. He is a big, physical back, coming in at 6-foot-2-inches, 220 pounds. He has been effective running the ball for the pass happy Packers, but with the addition of Eddie Lacy, Green Bay is moving on.