Starks signs tender

In what was a smart move for Max Starks, he signed the Steelers\’ transition tender offer of $6.9 million on Saturday, a week before the NFL draft.

Though I was told it was unlikely the Steelers would pull the transition tag off of Starks, the team\’s No. 3 tackle in 2007, Starks had to be thinking that if the team selected offensive linemen with its first two picks next week – as it did with linebackers in 2007 – yanking the offer may have been a possibility.

Starks\’ signing means that right tackle Willie Colon will likely shift to left guard to replace departed Alan Faneca. He also gives the team some insurance should left tackle Marvel Smith\’s surgically repaired back act up again in 2008.

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