Pittsburgh Steelers Signing of Max Starks Solidifies Offensive Line

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates during the game with Max Starks #78 against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signing of OT Max Starks Tuesday to a one year deal was expected by most fans at some point this offseason.

Even though Starks is most likely not going to be a starter for the Steelers this season, he helps continue to solidify a line that was once considered a major weakness.

Although the starting offensive line has a lot to prove this season, it appears to be well improved from recent years.

The projected starting offensive line for the Steelers is: LT Mike Adams(rookie), LG Willie Colon, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG David DeCastro(rookie) and RT Marcus Gilbert.

This line has the potential to be great, however, Adams and DeCastro are rookies, Gilbert in his second season, Colon has missed the last two years and Pouncey has had his own injury problems.

That is why the signing of Max Starks is so important.

It gives the Steelers a security blanket that they did not have with the likes of Jonathan Scott, Trai Essex, Ramon Foster, Chris Scott, Kyle Jolly or Kelvin Beachum.

Starks gives the Steelers a legitimate backup at both RT and LT with Essex and Foster being able to play guard as well.

Jonathan and Chris Scott, Kyle Jolly, and Kelvin Beachum will probably not even make the team which would have left the Steelers thin at the tackle position without Starks.

The Steelers offensive line has endured major injuries the past few years, and although Starks is coming off an injury himself, he still provides depth for the team.

If either Adams or Gilbert get hurt or do not perform well, the team can now turn to a player who has started on both sides of the line for them before.

While it would be a surprise, there is still the possibility that Starks has a great camp and wins a starting job on either side.

Regardless of whether Starks is a starter or a backup this season, his presence improves an already improving area on the Steelers.

Barring major injuries, again, there should be bigger holes for the running backs and Ben Roethlisberger should not be getting killed this upcoming season.