Big Lead Sports Bar

2/19/2009

MAX STARKS IS THE FRANCHISE



See that Steeler basketball player sitting next to disgraced tight end Jon Dekker? That's Max Starks, and he just got designated as the Steelers' franchise player. That's right, on a team loaded with names like Roethlisberger, Polamalu, and Harrison, it's Starks who's gotten the tag for two consecutive years, despite the fact that he's not even guaranteed to start. NFL economics...they're fannnnntastic!

Starks will be paid $8.451 million, a number which is based on based on the average of the top-five cap numbers of offensive linemen around the league from last season. It's a handsome raise from his controversial $6.985 million salary of 2008, and if anyone can boast a $1.5 million raise in the 2009 economy, more power to him. Maybe this year the Steelers will actually negotiate a long-term contract with him.

If any other team wanted to sign Starks, it would cost them two first-round picks, plus the Steelers would have seven days to match any offers. In other words, he's not going anywhere.

Steelers tag Starks for Second Time [John Clayton/ESPN]

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4 comments:

nipsy3215 said...

I can see why they did this only if it's to buy more time to give him an extension and a more reasonable salary this coming year. They do need to retain him in the sense that there really aren't any better options out there. BUT, wasn't that the story last year?

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

Am I the only one who throws his arms in the air when the Sports Illustrated "The Pittsburgh Steelers have won their SIXTH SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP" commercial comes on ESPN?

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

Am I the only one who throws his arms in the air when the Sports Illustrated "The Pittsburgh Steelers have won their SIXTH SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP" commercial comes on ESPN?

Charlie Hildbold said...

is that "NFL economics....they're fannnnntastic!" a subtle little reference to Hot Shots Part Deux? If so...awesome...

War! Its Fantastic!