With a little more than four hours until the deadline for the franchise tag to be placed on a player, the Miami Dolphins have decided they will use the tag on defensive tackle, Randy Starks. Starks, who made the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career with the Miami Dolphins, was set to hit the open market as his five year deal that he had signed with the Phins in 08’ was set to expire. During the five years of his previous contract, Starks was one of the best defensive tackles in the National Football League. In the span of five years, Starks never missed a single game, while at the same time recording 22 sacks. He also intercepted three passes over the past two years. Starks also served as a fantastic compliment for fellow defensive lineman, Paul Soliai.
If he chooses to sign the franchise tag, Starks will receive the non-exclusive tag that would give him a base salary of $8.45 million over the next season. Although $8.45 million is a pretty nice contract, no player enjoys receiving the franchise tag. Starks, who has already expressed his interest via Twitter made it clear that he still wants to sign a normal contract. “I want to be a dolphin!!! Not just for one more year….” “I want to be here and finish here!”
With the tag being given to Starks, other Dolphin stars such as Jake Long, Sean Smith, Brian Hartline, and Reggie Bush will be set to hit the open market once Free Agency starts on March 12th.
I personally like that Starks has been given the tag. He is a very key player on this Dolphins defense that continuously is ranked in the top portion of the league. Using the tag on him is actually very smart in my opinion. Starks, who is only 29, will have another year to play for a big contract. I am very glad that the Dolphins still have faith in Starks and are willing to give Starks another season to prove himself. I think Starks will choose to sign the tag and come back and have yet another great season. Starks was the best defensive tackles that were set to hit the open market. I am very glad he will be staying put in Miami as the Dolphins continue their rebuilding process in hopes to make the postseason for the first time since 2008.
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