Sunday, March 3, 2013

Starks: Yay to 'discount,' nay to 'clearance rack'


Let Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks be clear: He doesn't want to be franchise-tagged.

With the deadline for teams to designate their optional tag coming at 4 p.m. Monday, fans and impending free agents alike are wondering if and where their respective teams will use theirs.

"I want to be a Dolphin!!! Not just for one more year," Starks tweeted after midnight Saturday (or early Sunday).

Then, Sunday morning Starks made another comment on the matter. "Discount yea clearance rack heck no!" Starks wrote. "I want to be here and finish here!" he added.

Starks's comments hint that he feels the shadow of the tag looming, which would pay him just under $8.5 million in 2013 while the team decides to either work toward re-signing him to a multi-year deal or letting him walk after the season.

Offensive tackle Jake Long, cornerback Sean Smith and running back Reggie Bush are among other Dolphins starters slated for unrestricted free agency.

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