Dolphins’ Randy Stark unhappy with franchise tag rumors

3/3/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

With the Miami Dolphins having over $45 million free in cap space and their 2013 franchise tag still in hand, Randy Stark sees the writing on the wall regarding the unfortunate one-year deal coming his way. The Miami Dolphins have only once before used the franchise tag this season and Randy Starks isn’t thrilled by the possibility of being the new target for the franchise tag.
Whether by catching wind of rumors or directly being informed by the team itself, Randy Starks is now certain that he will be designated with the franchise tag come Monday, after talks about a long-term extension reportedly failed between the two parties.
"I want to be a Dolphin!!!" Randy Starks tweeted soon after the rumors broke out. "Not just for one more year ..."
While Randy Starks has clearly indicated his desire to return with the Miami Dolphins next season, he was hoping against one-year contract on grounds of a franchise tag. Although the franchise tag will pay Randy Starks $8.45 million while counting the same amount against the Miami Dolphins’ 2013 salary cap, the defensive end had hoped for the possibility of a multi-year contract coming off back-to-back 4.5 sacks seasons. The Miami Dolphins had opportunity to franchise tag impeding free agent cornerback Sean Smith or left tackle Jake long but they passed on that opportunity, considering Randy Starks vital to their defense, as team general manager indicated intentions of securing him last month.
Additionally, during negotiations the two parties were torn over their perspective on what is being forwarded on the table. The Miami Dolphins believe they were proposing a reasonable long-term contract, while Randy Stark’s agent thought their offer didn’t match to the price tag on a a two-time Pro Bowler’s interests.
While Randy Stark expressed he was open to taking a pay cut to remain the team he’s been with since signing a five-year contract in 2008, he pointed out that price was beyond negotiations until a certain limit.
"Discount yeah clearence rack heck no," tweeted Randy Starks. "I want to be here and finish here!"
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