Former Steelers T Max Starks Signs With Chargers

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN on Twitter, former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Max Starks has a agreed to terms with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.

Starks, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, played every snap at left tackle last season after tearing up his knee in the 2011 AFC Wild Card Game against the Denver Broncos.

At the end of the 2012 season, Starks said that he was open to returning to Pittsburgh in 2013, but only if given an opportunity to start. He has maintained that stance for all of the off-season and had visits with both the Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals over the course of the last few weeks.

The Steelers reportedly reached out to Starks a few weeks ago, but wound up signing free agent tackle Guy Whimper, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, instead.

The Steelers opened up their first OTA session of the 2013 season on Tuesday with Marcus Gilbert manning the left tackle spot and Mike Adams playing the right tackle spot.

Starks has since posted the news on his Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/maxstarks78/status/336956805324361728

I am, I'm me. 40 something, retired and a life long Steelers fan.
  • Kevin Gobleck

    Damn it, I was wrong.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Kind of surprised it wasn’t Arizona though, they love all of our old players…

  • Mike.H

    Most Steelers fan have BASHED WHIMPER as a bad OL candidate… heavy feet who was beat often… ouch.

  • mem359

    Until the Colon money becomes available in June, I don’t see Starks wanting to be a starter and getting paid Whimper-type money. And why spend the energy bashing Whimper, who sounds like only a warm body for camp.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Thanks, Max, for your contribution over those many years!

  • CW

    Well with Starks gone, maybe the Steelers should look at Jared Gaither as a backup left tackle. He has serious personal issues and ethical concerns so he needs a fresh start, but he does have a good deal of talent when he really wants to play.

    Either that or pursue Demetress Bell who has injury red flags, but can be an effective backup left tackle.

  • TJimmy

    Hopefully the Steelers won’t Whimper at the loss of Starks this year. Thanks for the memories Max!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Max was a true Steeler and I love his gratefulness towards us and hope he does well in San Diego.

  • dave

    Good for Max, bad for the Steelers. I wish we could have kept him.

  • charles

    Gay and Whimper for Lewis and Starks. No wonder the Steelers don’t do free agency.

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    It is a non-issue as long as the line performs to potential and remains healthy but I suppose that can be said for the other 31 teams too. Good Luck Max and thanks for the memories over the last decade.

  • Mike Sweeney

    Max, was a great player for this organization. The bolts should be grateful to have a player of his caliber. Great person and player and he will be sorely missed. I wish him the very best.

  • David Edward

    Shame to see him finally go, but it seemed more and more inevitable as time wore on. If Gilbert holds up and/or Whimper is able to fill in effectively, then Max leaving will be a non-issue. If neither is true, then they might look foolish for not offering him reasonable money…will be interesting to see how much the 1 year deal is for.

  • steeltown

    Dammit
    Good for him… good luck Starks, always a Steeler to me buddy

  • steeltown

    Cortez will replace K.Lewis.. and in no way is Whimper the replacement for Starks, in fact Whimper could end up being nothing more than a camp body

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Yes, thanks Max for the memories! Starks was the first player in NFL history to start at both right and left tackle on two Super Bowl championship teams. Good luck in San D-lamo!

  • JohnnyV1

    I have a bad feeling this will hurt our team this year. Bad call Kevin!