James Starks’ new two-year contract gives Packers flexibility

The Packers have been fairly quiet this offseason, but they made a major move in re-signing running back James Starks on Friday. Starks took a free-agent visit to New England and had significant interest from a few other teams but elected to go back to Green Bay where, as a sixth-round pick in 2010, he helped the Packers win the Super Bowl.

Starks will turn 31 years old shortly after the 2016 season ends.

Starks totaled five touchdowns (two rushing, three receiving), although he also fumbled five times, which matched his career total coming into the season.

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. He has 2,361 yards rushing on 555 carries (4.3 average) as well as 106 catches for 883 yards.

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. However, Lacy can not be counted on to handle a full workload, and Starks was the best option to manage backup duties.