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After questions of just who the Dolphins planned to franchise, the answer has finally arrived. The team announced today that defensive tackle Randy Starks will receive the teams franchise tag for the 2013 season.
Starks will be paid a baseline salary worth $8.45 million, but it gives the team time to attempt to work on a long-term deal. This does leave the team’s other four key free agents out in the open, likely to test free agency now.
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks (94) and linebacker Cameron Wake, right, in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Starks, cornerback Sean Smith, left tackle Jake Long, running back Reggie Bush and receiver Brian Hartline all have expiring contracts, and the team is trying to negotiate new contracts with some of them.
It looks like Reggie Bush will part ways with the team and the Lions among others have shown interest in the former number 2 overall pick.
Jake Long has said that he is open to rejoining the team, but it looking for a contract in the range of $11 Million per season. With his injury problems and declining play recently, the Dolphins may let him hit the open market.
Sean Smith may be in a bit of hot water after former teammate Vontae Davis possibly outed him and the Kansas City Chiefs for talking about a deal before free agency officially starts. This could hurt Smith’s chances of getting signed and could have him in trouble with the league if it turns out to be true. Smith hopes to get a multiyear contract in the neighborhood of $8 million annually — a price higher than the Dolphins are likely to pay, so his chances of testing the waters of free agency are high.
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Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks indicated on Twitter that he wants to re-sign with the Phins and is willing to take a small discount.
I want to be a dolphin!!! Not just for one more year….
— Randy Starks (@starks94) March 3, 2013
Discount yea clearance rack heck no!
— Randy Starks (@starks94) March 3, 2013
I want to be here and finish here!
— Randy Starks...
Randy Starks is in line to earn 8.5 million this season. He might not be too excited about it.
Starks, apparently in reference to learning he would have the franchise tag pegged on him by the Miami Dolphins, tweeted on Sunday, "I want to be a dolphin!!! Not just for one more year.
The Dolphins are expected Monday to place the one-year tender on the defensive tackle. Several...
The Miami Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on Randy Starks, according to Jason La Canfora. This move comes as no surprise as reports surfaced yesterday that the Dolphins were already planning...
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The Miami Dolphins have designated defensive tackle Randy Starks as their franchise player.
The Dolphins announced their decision Monday.
Starks will be guaranteed $8.45 million this season if he signs the franchise tender and plays this season under that designation, a big raise from the $3.72 million he earned in 2012. Starks has had 4 1/2 sacks each of the past two seasons for...
Now that the Dolphins have tagged Randy Starks with the franchise tag, and now have some time to work out a deal long term. The tag is pricey at $8.45 million and should allow the Dolphins to look at their long list of free agents and offer contracts.
For instance, now that Randy Starks has been tagged, the Miami Dolphins can choose to offer or not offer deals to the likes...
Let Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks be clear: He doesn't want to be franchise-tagged.With the deadline for teams to designate their optional tag coming at 4 p.m. Monday, fans and impending free agents alike are wondering if and where their respective teams will use theirs."I want to be a Dolphin!!! Not just for one more year," Starks tweeted after midnight...
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Miami Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks.
The Dolphins have franchised DL Randy Starks, as expected.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 4, 2013
Starks didn’t want to play under the tag, but he unfortunately doesn’t have a choice.
Now that Starks has been tagged, Jake Long, Brian Hartline...
At the combine, the word was that the Miami Dolphins would use the franchise tag on somebody. Generally speaking, it was believed to be on Jake Long, but the continued lack of contract negotiation on that front may lead to Long's departure, and his franchise number would have been too high in any case.
Instead, the franchise tag has gone to defensive tackle Randy Starks...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins aren’t expected to place the franchise tag on left tackle Jake Long.
The Dolphins are instead expected to tag defensive tackle Randy Starks, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
The Dolphins will use the tag to protect an asset. Barring striking a long-term deal with Starks before the deadline, he is in line to get...
BY NICK ST. DENISImpending free agent Randy Starks was open to a discount but didn't want to go on the "clearance rack." The Miami Dolphins defensive tackle also didn't want to get franchise-tagged.You can't always get what you want.Starks, who was hoping to land a multi-year deal to stay in South Beach, was franchise-tagged Monday, via multiple reports.The...
Jason La Canfora reports that league sources have informed him that the Miami Dolphins are expected to franchise DT Randy Starks at some point today.
La Canfora adds that Miami is trying to negotiate contracts with their other impending free agents like OT Jake Long, RB Reggie Bush, WR Brian Hartline and CB Sean Smith, but they’re unlikely to use the tag on these players.
The Miami Dolphins still have their 2013 franchise tag in their pocket, able to use it as a negotiating chip with their potential free agents.
Apparently, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks sees the Dolphins targeting him with the tag. Starting early this morning, Starks has been tweeting about wanting to come back to Miami. There's a definite franchise tag overtone to...
As we said earlier today, the Dolphins were very likely going to franchise Randy Starks. Well, moments ago, the Dolphins made it official when they officially placed the franchise tag on Randy Starks.
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Starks will earn about $8.4 million in 2013 and will return to the ‘teeth’ of the Dolphins defense. It is not ideal for the Dolphins to use $8...
The Miami Dolphins have a few hours left to decide whether or not they will use their franchise tag on one of their own soon-to-be free agents. Some have speculated that Jake Long or Sean Smith might get ‘tagged’. However, Long’s salary would be over $15 million for 2013 and Smith’s would be over $10 million. That’s too much for either of those 2 players. Long is...
Yesterday, the Miami Dolphins locked up one of their own free agents, by placing the franchise tag on Randy Starks. While the 2 sides continue to try to agree on a longer term deal, the Dolphins are also in the process of negotiating with their other free agents. Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com reported today that the Dolphins and Hartline are close to finalizing a multiyear deal...