The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to release left tackle Max Starks on Thursday, a source told FOXSports.com.
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Starks had signed a four-year, $26.3 million contract extension that included a $10 million signing bonus in the 2009 offseason. The Steelers, though, still made a Super Bowl run without him last season after Starks missed the final nine regular-season games with a neck injury that required surgery.
The 29-year-old Starks was set to earn $5.14 million in 2011 according to rotoworld.com. Starks was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2004.
Pittsburgh’s other top offensive tackle – Willie Colon – also may not be back. Colon, who also missed all of last season with an injury, is an unrestricted free agent.