Nov.25, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks (left) talks with umpire Garth DeFelice (right) during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Use Franchise Tag on Randy Starks

It comes as no surprise, but the Miami Dolphins have officially used the franchise tag on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks. We first discussed the possibility in this morning’s NFL Franchise Tag Deadline preview and passed along the report that the team was expected to make the move before 4:00 p.m. ET.

NFL Insider Jason La Canfora first passed along the news:

Starks preferred a long-term deal and expressed his desire to finish his career with the Miami Dolphins, but the team decided to use the franchise tag instead. The franchise tag for defensive tackles carries a $8.45 million value.

With the decision to use the tag on Starks, cornerback Sean Smith, left tackle Jake Long and receiver Brian Hartline will hit the open market.

Be sure to stay tuned to leading up to the franchise tag deadline for the latest news and rumors.

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