Randy Starks might have been expecting or hoping that the Miami Dolphins would make him a multi-year offer this off-season after hitting him with the bittersweet franchise tag. The tag will pay him $8.45 million this season, but NFL players knowing the risk for injury are always looking for a long term deal and security.
As they should, the average NFL career lasts 3 years.
In all fairness they offered Starks a long-term deal, the financial terms just weren’t matching Stark’s asking price. And while some might have expected Starks to hold out of training camp for a deal, especially after sitting out most of the off-season program, he reportedly has a good attitude going into camp and won’t complain about his contract situation.
From the Miami Herald:
To his surprise, the Dolphins haven’t made a multiyear offer to defensive tackle Randy Starks since slapping him with the $8.45 million franchise tag – which happened after Starks rejected a multiyear offer that wasn’t remotely close to his asking price. But we hear Starks, who sat out most of the offseason program, has a good attitude going into camp and won’t complain about his contract.
The Dolphins also haven’t talked to 2014 free agent Paul Soliai about an extension. Miami likely will choose between Starks and Soliai next spring.