Dolphins expected to franchise tag Randy Starks on Monday
Monday 4 p.m. is the NFL’s deadline for applying the franchise tag to team’s impeding free agents. So far, the Miami Dolphins have gone by in negotiations by threatening to use the franchise tag on players, whom the team has intentions locking potentially out-going players to long-term deals. But if the Miami Dolphins were to use the franchise tag this offseason on their impeding free agents, it would take a major chunk out of the team’s $45 million in cap space, compromise their splurge in free agency, re-signing their own free agents and offering lucrative contracts to the rookie class.
Randy Starks, who was signed by the Miami Dolphins out of Maryland in the first round of the 2004 draft, had since climbed up the Miami Dolphins depth chart from his former role as a reserve. The two-time Pro Bowler Randy Starks has a notable presence on the Miami Dolphins defensive unit, contributing 27 tackles, 4.5 sacks and one interception last season. So, he’s the most likely Miami Dolphins’ impeding free agents to receive the franchise tag.
“It’s a resource, certainly. You have to evaluate how negotiations are going with certain particular players but there’s a lot of things that go into the franchise tag, a lot of different opinions,” said Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland on probability of using the franchise tag for the second time into his fifth season with the team. “A lot of different aspects of when you use it, when you don’t use it, why you use it. In terms of this year there’s certainly a likelihood that we could use it.”
The 29-year-old Randy Starks is freshly coming off a five-year contract, worth $20.5 million with the Miami Dolphins in 2008. Randy Starks is sure to receive a $8.45 million pay check next season after negotiations between both sides failed and the Miami Dolphins whipped up the franchise tag offer.
“I want to be a Dolphin, (and) not just for one more year,” tweeted Randy Starks. “Discount, yeah. Clearance rack, heck no!”
“I want to be here and finish here!” continued Randy Starks.
Jeff Ireland indicated the Miami Dolphins brass look forward to begin negotiations with their free agents this week. So it’s likely that the deadline for teams to allocate the franchise tag means talks between the two parties could speed up.