After some concern that former Buffalo Bulls running back James Starks would bolt to the New England Patriots this offseason, Starks has reportedly reached a contract agreement with the Green Bay Packers according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
#Packers and RB James Starks have agreed to terms on a contract, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 18, 2016
Despite playing in three seasons at UB, Starks left as the program's statistical leader in several categories, including rushing yards (3,140), rushing touchdowns (34) and points scored (222). Starks was chosen in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Packers and has remained in Green Bay his entire career.
Starks' career highlights including starting and winning Super Bowl XLV as a rookie, and leading the NFL in rushing in the 2010 playoffs with 315 yards. Starks signed a 2 year deal with the Packers in 2014 after the expiration of his rookie contract.
Starks, who is entering his 7th season in the NFL, is coming off of his best statistical season for the NFC North runner-up Packers, rushing for 601 yards and pitching in 392 receiving yards for 993 all-purpose yards. Starks was also a vital cog in the resurgence of Eddie Lacy. After offseason questions swirled regarding his conditioning and commitment to football, Lacy sought out Starks to help keep focused and level following a two game benching.
The Niagara Falls native will likely fill the change-of-pace role behind the bell cow Lacy much like he did last season for the Packers.