Green Bay Packers: Why James Starks is still the best value

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Jan 10, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) scores a touchdown in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at FedEx Field. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 10, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) scores a touchdown in front of Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at FedEx Field. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers live and die by the actions of their general manager, Ted Thompson — a guy who seems to really like running back James Starks.

Today it was announced that Thompson brought Starks back to the Packers family because he knows what he has in the running back and what he can still bring to the team for at least one more season.

We’ve talked before right here about why Starks, in the end, was the Packers best value to the team — even when the Internet was alive with the talk about bringing former Bears RB Matt Forte north to Packers News.

There were many who felt that if the Packers could bring Forte to Green Bay for the same price as what it would have cost them to bring Starks back, then Forte would be the better value moving forward.

Well, we now know how it all turned out.

Forte got a two-year, $9 million deal from the New England Patriots.

Today, Starks signed a two-year deal for $6 million with the Packers.

Is Forte $3 million better than Starks?

That’s debatable.

Ted Thompson knows how to work the system and though Starks had been in New England last week to visit the Patriots, it seems Thompson knew all along he had his guy.

Starks and Forte are the same age — give or take a couple of months difference — but Starks has much less abuse on his body.

Forte was a workhorse in Chicago, while Starks has been used situationally his entire career in Green Bay.

What this deal gives the Packers is a player with plenty left in the tank and a complement to Eddie Lacy. The tandem has shown success over the past couple of seasons.

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, Starks had fumble-itis last season, but that’s something that’s correctable.

His value to the Packers is clear and that’s the main reason why Ted Thompson used his money wisely and brought back the player he wanted for his offensive backfield.

That said, turn the page and take a look at what Starks brings back to the table for the Green Bay Packers.

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