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Does Starks Deserve Big Money from the Steelers?

We have talked already about the Steelers issues on the O-line, and when it comes to free agency, the team has a couple O-lineman they are going to have to make decisions on. Today’s Tribune-Review thinks that Max Starks should be a player that gets a long look in free agency:

The worst thing about the Steelers winning Super Bowl XLIII is that their players are likely to be more in demand from other teams looking to sign them as free agents. There’s a very real possibility that either starting left tackle Max Starks or Marvel Smith, who Starks replaced because of injury, may not return in 2009. Show Starks the money.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Jay sabo

    February 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I agree. If there was a better option, then yes but Starks is solid and, as an early third round pick, has taken the approximated amount of time to develop into a decent pass blocker; only to get better. Marvel is always hurt and they will not land a guy at pick # 32 who will be immediately as good as Starks presently is now…Ben needs protection now! You can get a decent LG at 32 to put between Starks and Hartwig perhaps but if your other best tackle besides the oft-injured smith is Colon, you need to keep Starks!

  2. Gerrad in Erie

    February 8, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I also agree. As sub-par as the line has been this season, it can only get worse unless we pick up some real tallent that “gel” quickly. Starks knows Ben, he knows Arians, he knows whats going on with the Pittsburgh Offense. If we lose Starks and Smith, we lose a lot of veteran tallent at the position. We cannot simply buy up free agents and draft the entire line. We need to keep a few of these guys in their, especially now that they are starting to work together. If we lose Starks, our line can only get worse next season. Besides that, he is HUGE.

  3. Matt Loede

    February 8, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I know that the team needs to revamp the line a bit in the offseason, but I am also for keeping Starks around…

  4. Stan

    February 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Starks came a long way this season and ultimately justified the tag he got last offseason. He and Big Juicy will give us a formidable left-side for a long time.

  5. Jay

    February 9, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Who the hell is big juicy???

  6. Stan

    February 10, 2009 at 10:03 am


  7. Jay

    February 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    We do not want kemo…I don’t…too maladroit at pass protection…too many false starts and personal fouls…too low a draft pick…we need some talent on the interior.

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