Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks was slapped with the $8.45 million franchise tag, as the team decided to tag him instead of left tackle Jake Long or cornerback Sean Smith. Both of those two players received multi-year deals elsewhere (the St. Louis Rams for Long and the Kansas City Chiefs for Smith), but Starks is still playing on the one-year tag. Starks would like the Dolphins to give him a multi-year deal, and the only time the team offered him one was before he was slapped with the tag (it was reportedly a lowball offer).
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Starks “won’t complain about his contract” going into training camp, and this once again affirms that Starks is going to put that stuff aside for the team. Not many would argue against his case for holding out or being angry, and Starks is showing a good deal of professionalism.
According to Jackson, Starks has a “good attitude”, but I highly doubt the Dolphins decide to give him an extension. They will likely let him play out the tag before deciding on whether or not they will keep Paul Soliai or Starks. Jackson reports that the Dolphins will “likely” choose one or the other, as both veteran DTs are about the same age and roughly the same quality (Starks is better, though). I think it will come down to which of the two players is cheaper, and there is a high chance that the Dolphins won’t have Randy Starks on the team next year. He’s about to turn 30, and an extension is impossible to envision at this point. We’ll see if Starks can have another big year and get himself a sizeable deal in the next free agent period.