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NFL Free Agency Rumors: James Starks to visit Pittsburgh Steelers

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Packers free agent running back James Starks will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers saw their run game finally going midway through the 2013 season after Le'Veon Bell finally was healthy enough to be the full-time starter. When he wasn't healthy though, the Steelers got little production from Felix Jones, Johnathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling.

In hopes of adding more insurance behind Bell, Pittsburgh is bringing in Green Bay Packers free agent James Starks for a visit:

Per Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A source told the Journal Sentinel that Starks, 28, will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 218-pounder rushed for 493 yards on 89 attempts (5.5 avg.) with three touchdowns in the same backfield as rookie of the year Eddie Lacy.

Battling injuries much of his career, Starks has been productive when healthy. In 35 total games, he has 1,427 yards on 322 carries with five touchdowns. And the Steelers are familiar with his work. Starks capped a 315-yard postseason his rookie season against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.

A 1-2 combo of Starks and Bell would help ensure the Steelers have one of their best rushing offenses in recent memory in 2014. Far too often they've relied on the arm of Ben Roethlisberger to carry the team. Giving him a ground game to work with for an entire season will make this offense very dangerous.