Max Starks doesn’t expect to return to Steelers

Max Starks can see the writing on the wall; the Steelers in two consecutive years have drafted players who are being groomed to take over on the offensive line.

Couple that with the fact Starks will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and the Steelers penchant for letting veteran players walk shines the light on his exit.

Starks has been a model of consistency as he came back from an ACL injury in the 2011 playoffs and played in every game this year, not missing a single snap.

Starks talks about his future and that he feels he isn’t ready to be put out to pasture:

 “Anytime you draft tackles in the second round in back-to-back years, I think it’s their plan to have them as the starting left and right tackles in the future.

That’s their goal. So being a realist, I am not expecting to be back,” according to Mike Bires of timesonline.com.

 “I am not a backup yet. I don’t see myself in a backup role. I still have a couple more years in me before I even consider that role.

The competitive fire is still there. I am starter capable. I feel that I have value somewhere.”

“You know they don’t say anything during the season. They call you maybe February 28, and say ‘Hey, I think were interested.’

They call you at the last possible minute. So no, they haven’t given me any indication at this time.”