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Old 05-28-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Steelers notes: Starks in no hurry for new deal

Steelers notes: Starks in no hurry for new deal
http://www.timesonline.com/articles/...d383580837.txt
By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff
Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:06 AM EDT

The Steelers want Max Starks to sign a long-term deal. But the mammoth left tackle doesn’t appear to be in any hurry.

The Steelers can get much-needed room under a tight salary cap if Starks forgoes his “franchise” player contract and agrees to a long-term deal.

On one hand, Starks wouldn’t mind securing a multi-year deal. Then again, if the numbers aren’t right, he’s in no hurry to give up the $8.45 million he’ll make this year. “Franchise” players earn the average of the top five salaries at their position.

“I haven’t heard anything from my agent, so I don’t know what they’re doing,” Starks said when asked about the negotiations. “I’m sure they’ll let me know once something is happening.”

Starks is one of several starters in the last year of his existing contract. Traditionally, the Rooney family doesn’t engage in contract talks once a season starts, so if Starks is to get a new deal, it must happen between now and Sept. 10.

“It depends on the circumstances,” Starks said when asked if he prefers a new deal or his current one. “If it’s just a two year-extension, of course, I’d want something longer to kind of cement myself.”

Last year he earned $6.895 million when the Steelers tagged him as a “transition” player. “Transition” players are paid the average of the top 10 salaries at their position.

“I’m blessed to be in this position,” said the 27-year-old Starks.

HOW ABOUT HEATH?

If Starks is the Steelers’ No. 1 priority right now when it comes to contract extensions, then tight end Heath Miller is No. 2.

Miller is under contract to make $800,000 in base salary this year. Really, he’s underpaid for what he means to the team as a blocker and clutch pass catcher.

“I’m not really worried about something I have no control over,” Miller said. “That’s why I have an agent.

“The reason I’m here right now (at organized team activities) is to get better. That’s all I’m worried about right now.”

Miller was asked, “If you were a betting man, what are the odds you’ll have an extension before the start of the season?”

“I can’t answer that,” he said. “I’m not a betting man.”

X’s AND O’s

- For the sixth of 14 allowed OTAs, several players did not attend Tuesday’s workout. Among them were three starters: nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel and wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Also missing were backup cornerback Deshea Townsend and backup safety Tyrone Carter.

- Because of rain, the Steelers practiced indoors.

- For no specific reason, the Steelers wore yellow-gold helmets instead of their customary black ones.

The yellow-gold helmets are worn when the Steelers wear their “throwback” uniforms.

“I don’t know why we wore the gold helmets today,” long snapper Greg Warren said. “All I know is that when I walked into the locker room today, our gold helmets were hanging on the hooks.”

- Linebacker James Harrison, whose 2-year-old son was bitten by his pit bull last week, didn’t speak to the media who attended Tuesday’s OTA.

Harrison’s son has been in UPMC Children’s Hospital recovering from a severe bite to the thigh. He’s expected to be released from the hospital any day now.
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“I’m blessed to be in this position,” said the 27-year-old Starks.
Yeah, no shit, you fat bum.

A guy like James Harrison works his ass off and wins defensive MVP, and his big payday ends up being more like $4-$5 million a year when all is said and done. Hines Ward spends his whole career here and breaks just about every receiving record, then takes a $3 million pay cut for the opportunity to retire as a member of the Steelers.

You show up and luck into a starting job by default, also luck into $8 million a year by being in the right place at the right time, and hold the team hostage to salary cap hell out of nothing but self-interest and a big ego. I hope you go spend the rest of your career with some sad-sack team like the 49ers, then turn out to be one of those morons who didn't have a plan after football and squanders all his money by the time he's 40.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:53 AM   #3
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Default Re: ]Steelers notes: Starks in no hurry for new deal

i hope to hell the fat bastard doesn't sign a long term deal ..... once the big slug gets his guaranteed money, whats to stop him from showing up at 450lbs ?
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Default Re: ]Steelers notes: Starks in no hurry for new deal

Um... People... May I suggest you re-read the article.

His AGENT hasn't contacted him yet. The AGENT is doing the negotiations and he is wating to hear from him.

The only thing Starks said is that he doesn't want a 1 or 2 year deal. He wants to "cement" himself here. In other words, he wants to be a Steeler long term.

Not sure we can yell at a guy for that.
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Default Re: ]Steelers notes: Starks in no hurry for new deal

After reading the article, I didn't see any quotes from Max Starks that indicated that "he's in no hurry for a new deal".

I personally am not a huge Max Starks fan so in my opinion the Steelers are, once again, wasting several million dollars on Starks who more than likely will never play up to his salary.
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Default Re: Steelers notes: Starks in no hurry for new deal

well max needs to get into his agent's ass and get a deal done.. so they can free up some cap
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Yeah, no shit, you fat bum.
How can you blame the guy Steel?

I am more irritated with the years of ignoring this obvious problem which ultimately led to this fiasco.
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How can you blame the guy Steel?

I am more irritated with the years of ignoring this obvious problem which ultimately led to this fiasco.
Exactly. This is a FO office problem more than Max's problem.
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How can you blame the guy Steel?

I am more irritated with the years of ignoring this obvious problem which ultimately led to this fiasco.
Mostly, you're right -- it is our own stupid fault for putting ourselves in this situation. But I also think Starks and/or his agent are making things even worse.

When was the last time you heard of a guy who's perfectly happy with his job -- and not a star player by any means -- basically holding out from signing a contract because he's hoping for a franchise tag? This is the first case I've ever seen of that. 99 percent of the time, guys of Starks' skill level end up signing a deal that pays them close to what they're worth at the start -- in his case, maybe $3-$4 million -- and then goes up if they do well. If they hold out for a fat contract, they don't get it because they're easily replaced.

But again, you're right -- if we could find a short-term replacement with the same skill level as Starks for half the price (and we could), why the hell didn't we do it? Or at least put him on notice by letting him go unsigned past the franchise period? Our own damn fault.
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starks does not owe anything to the steelers - this is a business and he has the team by the balls. the FO dug this hole and starks is laughing all they way to bank.

the big thought is what would starks get on the open market? Appearently the FO believes that have no chance in heck in matching that offer or they would let him test the market. Last year the falcons were extremely interested in starks before he franchinsed. so who knows.
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