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Starks happy with free-agent contract

Jun. 10, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers running back James Starks grabs a pass during OTA practice Tuesday at Ray Nitschke Field. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers running back James Starks grabs a pass during OTA practice Tuesday at Ray Nitschke Field. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

If James Starks expected to do better on the free agent market than he did, he gave no hint of it today.

The backup running back this offseason re-signed with the Packers for two years and a total of $3.25 million, including a $725,000 signing bonus. He also had significant interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers before re-signing with the Packers.

GALLERY: Packers OTA practice, June 10

(Running backs) have got a high risk of injuries, its a more dangerous position, Starks said. When you can keep yourself healthy and do what youre supposed to do, you get paid well. Were making enough money I think. We make a lot of money, I dont see how anybody cant be happy with this contract. Im happy. I like playing football, so being paid for that in itself is good.

Last year Starks had probably the best season of his career playing as backup to Eddie Lacy. Starks had a averaged a career high in yards per carry (5.5) and rushed for 493 yards, the second-highest total of his career. He also matched his career high for games played (13).

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