While New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes’s motivation for skipping out on OTAs wasn’t his contract, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks skipped out on OTAs due to being on a franchise tag. However, Starks promised that he would participate in the Dolphins minicamp, and Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that Starks will make good on that promise and will report to OTAs today.
Starks was slapped with the franchise tag over other prominent Dolphins free agents like Sean Smith and Jake Long, and he is set to make $8.5 million in the 2013 season under the tag. However, the 29-year-old star DT is looking for a long-term deal and that security as he gets older, so you can understand why Starks isn’t happy with the franchise tag.
The decision, though, for Starks to report to minicamp was obvious, because he would have lost a significant amount of money for skipping out on an offseason activity that is mandatory, unlike OTAs. Starks recorded 4.5 sacks last season and is one of the best defensive tackles in the game, so we’ll see if he and the Dolphins can come to an agreement at some point in the offseason. I doubt anything happens between both sides this offseason, and Starks will likely have to take his $8.5 million and hope he can strike a long-term pact with somebody at the age of 30 next offseason.