Steelers Sign Tackle Max Starks To One Year Deal

max starks contractHe\’s back! On Tuesday Bob Labriola reported via Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed tackle Max Starks to the 90 man roster, a move I have projected to take place for some time now.

Starks said on Twitter just prior to the announcement that he had a good visit with the doctor today and has evidently been cleared to practice after tearing his right ACL in the AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos last January.

The signing of Starks gives the Steelers well needed depth at the tackle position now and Starks very well could be the week 1 starting left tackle depending how rookie second round draft pick Mike Adams performs in training camp. Starks can play both tackle spots, which further improves the Steelers depth as well.

The signing of Starks also makes it even more likely that the Steelers will part ways with Jonathan Scott, who is scheduled to count $2.7 million against the salary cap this season. By releasing Scott, the Steelers will clear an additional $2.2 million in cap space that can be used to sign wide receiver Mike Wallace to a long-term deal.

Financial details of the one year deal have not been released yet, but it is believed to be a veteran qualifying contract for $825,000 in 2012. The signing bonus, if he received one, can\’t exceed $65,000 and Starks will count no more that $605,000 against the 2012 cap.

  • Absolutely Great Signing. So glad to see Jonathan Scott about to be released. It was painful watching him play and saves a good amt of money too

  • Koleman Dudek

    Great move, I would like to see Adam’s cement that spot early though. You can never have enough valuable depth, especially with our O line injuries.

  • Ahmad

    YAY MAXIE IS BACK! Scott get the HELL out of Pittsburgh!

  • JohnnyV1


  • John Mazza

    Love it. glad they made the move. Anyone know the last day they can cut Scott?

  • JayBirdDC

    Does JS even make it to camp?

  • SamSteeler

    No reason to cut Johnathon Scott now. They will wait till last week in case of any injuries during camp and preason. Hopefully we cut him than.

  • mokhkw

    Great news, makes me feel better about the LT spot, now Adams has to earn it versus a legit NFL starter. Win-Win for the Steelers whichever way this turns out; either Starks as a swingman at both tackle spots where he’s had starting experience (started at RT in 2005) or Adams backing up Starks atLT while he learns & adds strength. It also gives the Steelers options should they decide to move Gilbert to LT. I’ll bet they’re on the phone now trying to trade J.Scott.

  • Ditto. This o-line needs to go from the biggest weakness on this team for the past several years to the biggest strength of this year. Welcome back Starky.

  • NW86

    Well there is one BIG reason to cut JS before then..iLife Dave said if they make progress with Wallace and are ready to sign his contract, they’ll need that cap space. So…that’s 2 reasons to hope JS gets cut soon!!

  • DoctorNoah

    Trying to trade Johnathan Scott? To whom? Put an ad in The Sporting News: “mediocre backup tackle can be yours for more than some Pro-Bowlers get paid”?

    We’re mean to the guy, yes. It’s amazing the amount of skill, size and ability that doesnt cut it in the NFL, isn’t it? Feel bad for the guy that he’s looking at $2 million evaporate before his eyes. Wouldn’t wish that on anybody. Good luck to the guy.

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  • mokhkw

    LOL, v.true but I do think he could find a home at RT for a few teams who don’t seem to have anyone better than J.Scott atm.

    Anyone remember Kraig Ubrik, a 3rd from a few years ago who the Steelers cut after one year? He’s been starting at G & C for the Bills the past 2 years and, according to ProFootballFocus, was the best pass-blocking G in the NFL last season.

  • This is just fantastic! After what he did for the team last season, I just wnated him back whether he’s a starter or a backup to Adams. Scott cannot be in the lineup at left tackle and if they save cap room by releasing him, all the better. Starks has already made a ton of money so I’m glad the minimum salary works for him. Barring injuries this is going to be one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.