Steelers sign Starks; Bryant announces retirement

The Steelers locked up their long-term solution at left tackle on Tuesday, announcing the signing of Max Starks to a four-year contract. The team also announced the retirement of veteran CB Fernando Bryant.

Starks, who was designated the Steelers’ franchise player in 2009, was scheduled to earn $8.45 million this season. Starks took over for the injured Marvel Smith in Week 7 last season, starting the final 11 games, plus all three postseason games.

Bryant, 32, played in the final two games of the season for the Steelers to cap off a 10-year career that culminated with a win in Super Bowl XLIII. The former first-round pick of the Jaguars started 109 of 112 career games.

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