Steelers cut OLT Starks, WR Randle El

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 9:10 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 9:10 a.m. ET Thursday, July 28

The Steelers announced Thursday morning they have released OLT Max Starks and WR Antwaan Randle El.

Starks started just seven games last season after starting all 16 in 2009. He has played in 95 career games with 68 starts in his seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

Starks finished the 2010 season on injured reserve after suffering a disc injury in his neck. The 6-8, 345-pound Starks began his career at right tackle before moving to left tackle.

Randle El played in all 16 games in his first year back in Pittsburgh, finishing with 22 catches for 253 yards and a score. Randle El began his career with the Steelers before spending four seasons with Washington.

The way we see it

The release of Starks raises questions about the Steelers' plans at left tackle. Jonathan Scott, who replaced Starks last season, is an unrestricted free agent. The Steelers also have rookie Marcus Gilbert, whom they drafted in Round Two; and RFA Tony Hillis.

There is also intrigue at right tackle. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac, the Steelers would like to re-sign ORT Willie Colon, who missed the 2010 season with an Achilles injury, but though there is mutual interest between both parties, no deal has been struck yet. Flozell Adams took over for Colon last season and played well. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he was the Cowboys' longtime left tackle.