In the midst of the Trent Richardson trade, the St. Louis Rams and longtime Steeler OT Max Starks have agreed to terms Wednesday evening. The two time Super Bowl champion was brought in Tuesday for a visit and a tour around the Rams’ facilities before signing the contract. Starks was taken in round three of the 2004 NFL draft and made his NFL debut that same year with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On May 21st, Starks signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers, but was cut three months later. He started all 16 games for the Steelers last year at the LT position protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side.
With the recent injury to RT Rodger Saffold the Rams added much needed depth on Wednesday evening. Saffold reportedly sprained his MCL and is listed day-to-day, but is already ruled out vs. the Cowboys this upcoming Sunday. Joe Barksdale will step in immediately at the RT position.
Starks is a low risk, high reward pickup as his career looked almost as-good-as done after his short tenure with the Chargers this preseason. His signing will bring more depth to the Rams thin offensive line, and could keep players fresh and healthy during this long season.