Randy Starks was hit with the franchise tab and he's signed the one-year tender offer of $8.45 million last month. But the defensive tackle is not taking part in the voluntary offseason program – and he's the only absentee Dolphin. He stated in March that he would only attend the teams mandatory camps.
Starks is looking for a long-term deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Last season, the Pro Bowl alternate made $3.72 million and is a big reason the Fins were ranked 13th against the rush last season giving up only 108 yards per game. The Dolphins came into free agency with an excess of $40 million available to spend to upgrade the team. GM Jeff Ireland made a big splash in free agency by bringing in former Steeler Mike Wallace and re-signing his own free agents Brian Hartline and Matt Moore.
On the defensive side, Ireland brought in linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler. There has been no word from Ireland about a long-term deal for the 10-year veteran. Starks had 4.5 sacks last season and has totaled 32.5 in his career. The Maryland native began his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans after playing collegiately at the University of Maryland.
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