James Starks Re-Signs with Packers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 13:  James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers runs the football toward the endzone for a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on December 13, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Turning 30 as a modern NFL running back usually signals the beginning of the end, yet James Starks is getting a generous payday to remain with the Green Bay Packers.

Packers executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations Ted Thompson confirmed on Tuesday that Starks re-signed.

ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported on March 18 that Starks had agreed to terms on a contract with Green Bay. The deal is worth $6 million over two years, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, keeping the veteran with the franchise that brought him aboard as a sixth-round draft choice in 2010.

Starks is coming off his best season, capitalizing on the inconsistency of bruising ball-carrier Eddie Lacy to acquit himself well during a contract year in 2015. He had personal bests of 601 yards rushing, 43 receptions for 392 yards and five total touchdowns.

Not only was Starks called upon to block and help compensate for a Packers offensive line Football Outsiders rated 23rd in pass protection, but he also had to do a fair amount on his own when he had the ball in his hands last year.

Per Football Outsiders, Green Bay was 25th in run blocking, requiring Starks to create a considerable amount of yardage after contact and make defenders miss in the open field. That he still managed 4.1 yards per carry and 9.1 yards per catch hints at how explosive Starks can be.

The Packers had to recognize the value of Starks' all-around skill set despite the fact that he's seldom had the chance to showcase it during his time in Green Bay.

It remains to be seen whether he will be more of a complementary role player as he's accustomed to, but there's reason to believe Starks can step into a feature role if called upon.

Despite his six years of NFL experience, he has only 661 total touches in the regular season. That goes a long way to explain why Starks has more left in the tank than the vast majority of peers his age.

Lacy appears to be working his way into better shape this offseason through P90X workouts, but if the bulky ball-carrier gets too heavy and lethargic in 2016, Starks will be there to take on the majority of the backfield workload.