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Dolphins Apply Franchise Tag To DT Randy Starks

Posted Mar 4, 2013

Two-time Pro Bowler an important piece of Miami’s defensive line.

The Miami Dolphins ensured that defensive tackle Randy Starks will be back for the 2013 season by designating him with the franchise tag today. The two-time Pro Bowl selection (2010 and 2012) has blossomed into one of the league’s best at his position during his five years in Miami after spending his first four with the Tennessee Titans.

Starks has racked up 22 sacks since joining the Dolphins as a free agent prior to the 2008 season, including 4.5 last year while transitioning to an interior lineman in defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s 4-3 scheme. He also had an interception and four pass breakups to go along with 27 tackles (18 solo), which is why Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland made Starks a priority in his approach to this offseason.

“Well, it’s very important to have Randy back if we could get it done,” said Ireland 10 days ago whole talking to he media at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “I’m not really worried about where we’re playing (Jared) Odrick, the fact of the matter is we have a very good defensive line and keeping that intact is a focus of mine. It’s a strength and to continue to build the strength is a focus of mine. I don’t want to let that strength become just average. I like where it’s at and keeping that a mainstay is important to me.”

Two years ago, Starks and Cameron Wake made to Hawaii together for the first time and defensive tackle Paul Soliai was awarded with a Pro Bowl selection following the 2011 season. That trio, along with Odrick, a former first round draft choice, gives Miami one of the NFL's top defensive lines.

“We haven’t even reached the pinnacle of what we can do together,” Odrick said. “I think we have a lot of potential with the type of continuity you really want to have as a team. A lot of guys are close not only on the field but off the field as well. That doesn’t happen often around the league, but we all like each other and I think we have a good camaraderie that can only get better next year.”

Now that Starks is onboard for the upcoming season, Odrick will get his wish.
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