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James Starks set to re-sign with Packers

Perrish Cox, James Starks

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Perrish Cox (20) tackles Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Mike Roemer

James Starks was set to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Instead, he’s decided he’s perfectly happy in the Midwest.

According to Adam Schefter of, Starks is set to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal. While the deal is not yet completed, it is considered “imminent.

Starks was Green Bay’s second-leading rusher last season behind rookie Eddie Lacy. Starks had 89 carries for 493 yards and three touchdowns for the Packers while Lacy was named to the Pro Bowl with 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Starks elected to return to a crowded backfield in Green Bay. In addition to Lacy, Jonathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris also remain on the roster. Franklin had 19 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown in his rookie season. Harris missed last season due to injury but proved an effective option in 2012 with 157 yards and two touchdowns in four games for the Packers.

The Steelers, meanwhile, have been in search of help in their backfield. In addition to the scheduled visit with Starks, Pittsburgh has visits with Felix Jones and LaRod Stevens-Howling set up this week.