Davie, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Dolphins have used their franchise tag
on defensive tackle Randy Starks.
Under terms of the designation, Starks will earn $8.45 million in 2013,
although the teams can still work toward a long-term deal up until July 15.
Starks has spent the past five years in Miami and was selected to the Pro Bowl
following the 2010 and 2012 seasons. He posted 4 1/2 sacks with 27 tackles and
an interception this past season.
The Dolphins elected to use the franchise tag on Starks over several other
possible candidates, including Pro Bowl tackle Jake Long, running back Reggie
Bush, wide receiver Brian Hartline and cornerback Sean Smith, all of whom will
be eligible to test the open market later this month.
"We have a very good defensive line and keeping that intact is a focus of
mine," said Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland. "It's a strength and to
continue to build the strength is a focus of mine. I don't want to let that
strength become just average. I like where its at and keeping that a mainstay
is important to me."
Starks spent his first four NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He has 32
1/2 career sacks over his nine-year career, including 22 during his five
seasons with the Dolphins.
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