Miami Dolphins’ OTA Winners and Losers

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#2: Loser: DT Randy Starks

January 25, 2013; Ko Olina, HI, USA; AFC defensive tackle Randy Starks of the Miami Dolphins (94) lines up during practice at AFC media day for the 2013 Pro Bowl at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

 

After putting together quite a nice season for the Dolphins (27 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception), DT Randy Starks was slapped with the franchise tag this off-season ($8.45 Mill). Seems silly, right? The verdict is still out.

 

Starks has been a huge reason why Miami’s run defense has been one of the league’s best for three straight seasons while teaming with DT Paul Soliai. Both Starks and Soliai are big bodies whom clog the middle and force runs outside.

 

Miami also benefits from Starks’ unique athletic ability for a 6’3”, 305 pound man. Over his five season tenure with Miami, Starks has shown the athletic prowess to consistently apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks tallying 21 sacks.

 

Starks is now holding out for a long-term contract, which is honestly what he deserves. BUT, General Manager Jeff Ireland is likely trying to hold off on offering Starks a long-term deal until the tail end of the 2014 season.

 

Why?

 

Simply put, both Starks and Soliai will be free agents once the 2014 season concludes. Ireland already has a nice crop of defensive tackles with Vaughn Martin, Kheeston Randall, and Jared Odrick. That being said, Ireland realizes he must obtain one of his stalwart defensive tackles. While the popular choice would be Starks, do not be surprised if Ireland opts to roll the dice with the big Samoan.

 

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Topics: Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, OTAs 2013, Randy Starks, Ryan Tannehill

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  • Bill Stowers

    What ever happened to my favorite player from last years off season? Chris (7/11) hogan? And has the presence of chad pennington as a guest coach helped tannehill at all?

    • TylerMcMullen

      Too early to tell with Penny being there, Bill. Tannehill is definitely looking great though and should be cutting down on his turnovers this season!

      Hogan was cut last year and has been floating around the league from practice squad to practice squad. He was however picked up by the Bills and was actually active in the Buffalo – Miami game late last season, but I don’t know if he is still with the team or not.

      Thanks for the read and the comment!!

      • Bill Stowers

        Thanks tyler, living in indianapolis small things like that are tough to find. As always another great article. Never stop writing for phinlhanatic hahaha.

        • TylerMcMullen

          Thank you for your very kind words, Bill! It’s people like you that keep me going!

  • Jcartwright67

    I’m going on a limb here and reveal that Dan Carpenter has already hired a moving company and they’ve started packing. He’ll play in the NFL somewhere for the league minimum. Starks will be on the wrong side of 30 after playing out his $8M+ contract this season. He deserves the long term deal but I doubt he’ll see the big one from Miami given the depth and lower salaries of players on the roster or in upcoming drafts. Always excited to read about Egnew performing well, I think Tannehill, the WO group, and Miller are givens, but its the TE group is whom I’m really pulling for this summer to mature into an exciting red zone threat and chain movers.

    • TylerMcMullen

      I totally agree my man. I think he hired a moving company when they selected Sturgis to be honest. He definitely will be playing somewhere next season, just not for Miami.

      I’m really excited about this TE group, to be honest. Could be a big help in Tannehill’s development. Stay tuned!

      Thanks for the read and the comment!

    • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

      1) I cringe whenever i hear a Miami Dolphins’ fan already give up on Egnew after just one season. Yes, some players come into the league pro-ready, but others you have to give them some time to develop. Somewhat related is John Jerry’s situation: those who discount him because of he showed up overweight in the past should remember that Soliai developed into a fairly good player despite having the same issues the first few seasons he came into the NFL.

      2) One of the most overlooked aspects of the ‘Phins’ offseason FA “spending spree” is that if the one-year-deal signees (Grimes, Clabo, and Keller are the ones I can remember off the top of my head, so there might or might not be more) and Miami can develop players behind them (such as Egnew, perhaps), Miami can let the former walk next year in FA and re-coup lots of compensatory picks in 2015.

      • Jcartwright67

        Don’t cringe my friend…nobody wrote anything about giving up on Egnew, just that we hope he develops.

        • http://deofmovestofca.blogspot.com/ Deof Movestofca

          I meant Dolphins’ fans in general (and yes, many of them have given up on Egnew) rather than you in particular. My apologies for not making that clearer.

  • tpl

    The WR corp definitely is better than last year. Wallace will stop safties from crowding the line of scrimmage, and open up the run. Hartline and Gibson should encounter single coverage most of the time. I look forward to seeing keller, sims ang Egnew play TE.Just maybe we’ll see both egnew and keller in some goal line formations.