Dolphins use franchise tag on DT Randy Starks

    2013-03-04 15:58

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins have designated defensive tackle Randy Starks as their franchise player.

The Dolphins announced their decision Monday.

Starks will be guaranteed $8.45 million this season if he signs the franchise tender and plays this season under that designation, a big raise from the $3.72 million he earned in 2012. Starks has had 4 1/2 sacks each of the past two seasons for Miami, and he also had an interception with 27 tackles in 2012.

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The Dolphins decided to use the franchise tag on the nine-year veteran rather than pending free agents like left tackle Jake Long and receiver Brian Hartline.