Found March 04, 2013 on Phin Nation:
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 looking for a contract around $11 million per season, but it seems that the Dolphins want no part of that type of deal for a player that has finished the last 2 seasons on injured reserve.  Smith, although a starting corner, has not lived up to his potential that we constantly hear about. Photo Courtesy of That leaves us with Randy Starks.  Starks is 1/2 of the Dolphins twin towers that plug up the middle of the defense.  Soliai and Starks helped the Dolphins limit opposing running games for the majority of last season.  Though the Dolphins run defense struggled down the stretch, we saw how dominant those two could be in the middle of the field.  Starks is not a pass rusher, but he’s not meant to be.  He’s the type of guy that every team needs, he’s the guy that does the dirty work on the defensive line.  Starks’ solid play earned him a trip as a replacement to this year’s Pro Bowl.  His good play has not gone unnoticed.  (cont’d on page 2, click here)

It’s official: Randy Starks has been tagged by Dolphins

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. Photo Courtesy of 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...

Miami Dolphins Place Franchise Tag on Randy Starks

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... Come here for the best Miami Dolphins blog on the web. We have all of the most up to date new and opinions on the Dolphins organization for its fans.

Dolphins rumors: Jake Long seeking $11 million annually

The market for Miami Dolphins free agent offensive lineman Jake Long is yet to be determined, but it’s clear that the former top pick wants to continue to be paid like one of the top performers at his position. Long has indicated that he’s seeking a long-term contract with an average annual salary of $11 million, according to Ian Rapoport of . @profootballtalk reports...

Randy Starks wants more than franchise tag

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...

Dolphins use franchise tag on DT Randy Starks

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...

Jake Long’s price tag places him out of Dolphins plans

Jake Long is unlikely to return to the Miami Dolphins next season. Long is reportedly asking for $11 million a year in his next contract. Long’s demands are well short of what the Dolphins are said to be offering. Miami is said to be offering the tackle between $6 and $7 million, roughly $4 million short of Long’s demands. Couple that with Long’s disappointing season and a...

Dolphins News: Randy Starks gets franchise tag

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...

Dolphins reportedly expected to tag 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...

Dolphins place the franchise tag on Randy Starks

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...

Soliai underwent surgery on elbow

A starting member of the Miami Dolphins defense recently had minor surgery. A source told that defensive tackle Paul Soliai underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his elbow. Soliai should be recovered and ready for the start of Miami's offseason workout program in April, the source said. Soliai started all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2012, finishing with 29 tackles...

Dolphins franchise-tag defensive tackle Randy Starks

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...

Dolphins Expected To Franchise DT Randy Starks?

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. Starks...

Dolphins' Paul Soliai recently went under knife

One Miami Dolphins interior defensive lineman went under the franchise tag, and the other went under the knife.Paul Soliai, who posts up next to recently-tagged Randy Starks in Miami's starting lineup, recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his elbow, according to Alex Marvez of He's expected to be a go when the team begins its offseason workout program...
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