Monday, March 4, 2013

Dolphins franchise-tag defensive tackle Randy Starks


Impending free agent Randy Starks was open to a discount but didn't want to go on the "clearance rack." The Miami Dolphins defensive tackle also didn't want to get franchise-tagged.

You can't always get what you want.

Starks, who was hoping to land a multi-year deal to stay in South Beach, was franchise-tagged Monday, via multiple reports.

The veteran defensive lineman will be paid $8.4 million in 2013 under the tag as the team decides whether it wants to sign him on past next season. With that, offensive tackle Jake Long, cornerback Sean Smith, receiver Brian Hartline and running back Reggie Bush are bound for the open market unless the team can strike a deal with them before March 12.

All four will land on their feet regardless, though Smith and Long likely won't find suitors to meet their excessive demands. They'll still be obvious starters after accepting less than what they think they're worth.

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