The Packers and free agent running back James Starks have reportedly agreed on a new contract.
The news was first broken by Jason LaCanfora last night, who tweeted that Starks had cancelled his scheduled visit with the Steelers and would remain with the Packers:
RB James Starks has cancelled his visit with the Steelers and has agreed to terms with the Packers on a new contract, staying in Green Bay
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 18, 2014
A short time later, Adam Schefter tweeted some more info regarding the terms of the new contract:
Packers now expected to bring back RB James Starks on a two-year deal, per source; deal considered imminent.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2014
Originally a 6th round draft selection by the Packers in the 2010 draft, Starks played a key role during the 2010 Super Bowl run as the starting RB for the duration of the playoffs. He went on to start four games for the Packers between the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Starks had arguably his best season as a professional in 2013 while backing up Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy, rushing 89 times for 493 yards (5.5 YPC average).
Starks will rejoin a crowded Packers backfield. With Jonathan Franklin entering his second season, Mike McCarthy favorite DuJuan Harris returning, and the addition of free agent Michael Hill all looking to steal carries, it will be up to Starks to fend off the competition and retain his role as primary backup to Lacy.
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