The Green Bay Packers drafted two running backs in last April’s draft in Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin. Unfortunately for James Starks, Alex Green, and DeJaun Harris, all running backs previously on the Packers’ roster, there could be one or two odd men out before the start of the regular season.
One of the heroes of the 2010 Packer Super Bowl run, Starks is the longest-tenured running back on the roster with his four years in the NFL. This means that the Packers know what they have in him, and their lack of commitment to giving him opportunity through the preseason thus far could translate to their being unsatisfied with his performance.
Starks is obviously talented though, and the Packers could try to trade him away to a team thinner at the running back position.
Alex Van Pelt, a Packers assistant coach, speaks up about Starks when asked if he will be traded.
“I don’t know how that’s going to play out. [He’s] had success in this league.”
The option is certainly open for the Packers to swing a deal involving Starks. And while Starks has had some memorable moments in Green Bay, the younger, more talented competition at running back may mean this is a probability rather than just a possibility.