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$26.3 Million For Starks

As it turns out, Steelers tackle Max Starks traded a one-year guaranteed deal worth $8.45 million and a crack at free agency in the uncapped year for three more years at another $17.85 million. According to John Clayton of, it’s a four-year, $26.3 million contract. Hooray? The deal also includes $10 million in guaranteed money. Yippee? Think about that. Starks was due to make $8.45 million guaranteed this year. So he sacrificed his shot at free agency in a year without a salary cap for another $1.55 million in guaranteed money? Sorry, but bad deals don’t get much worse that this one. The Steelers’ ski-mask maneuver on Starks also creates $3 million in cap space.