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Packers, James Starks agree to two-year deal

James Starks, Green Bay Packers agree to two-year dealJames Starks scored a career-high three touchdowns last season for Green Bay. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

Less than 24 hours after he cancelled a scheduled Monday visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers, free-agent running back James Starks agreed to a two-year deal Tuesday that will keep him in a Green Packers uniform through 2015.

The initial report came from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinelfinancial terms of the deal were not released.

Since earning a role with the Packers four seasons ago after being a sixth-round pick, Starks has racked up 1,427 rushing yards and five touchdowns. His return to Green Bay gives the Packers a primary backup behind 2013 second-round pick Eddie Lacy. In that role last season, Starks averaged an impressive 5.5 yards per carry.

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The signing likely means Jonathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris will be competing for the No. 3 spot in the backfield rotation.

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