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James Starks Reportedly Re-Signs with Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

After six successful seasons with the Green Bay Packers, running back James Starks has found a home for next season. 

Continue for updates.

Starks Reportedly Re-Signs With Packers

Friday, March 18 

Adam Caplan of ESPN reported Starks agreed to a contract with the Packers. 

Dolphins in Mix for Starks

Thursday, March 17

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported the Miami Dolphins had expressed interest in Starks, and while the two sides had spoken, they had not planned a visit.

Report: Starks to Meet with Patriots

Thursday, March 10

Caplan, Starks met with the New England Patriots at some point on March 10. 

Starks a Reliable Veteran Backup for Packers

Starks will be an interesting test case for running backs this offseason. He turned 30 in February, which is often an age when players at his position start to see their skills decline because of all the abuse they took in their 20s. 

However, the Packers never relied on Starks as their primary running back. He has only started nine games since 2010, but his production has been solid with 2,361 yards and nine touchdowns on 555 carries. 

In addition to his limited workload as a runner, Pro Football Focus noted late last season that Starks was one of the NFL's most prolific pass-catchers on screen passes:

While he'll never be a superstar in the league, Starks has proven himself a capable backup, with enough versatility to fit back in nicely with Green Bay's offense.

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