Randy Starks open to discount, down on franchise tag

Reuters

The Dolphins have until tomorrow afternoon to decide whether or not they are going to use the franchise tag.

Should they decide to use it, they’ll have to then choose which player to use it on. Defensive tackle Randy Starks is bandied about as the likeliest candidate for the tag and he went on Twitter to let it be known that he’s not crazy about the prospect of a one-year contract.

“I want to be a dolphin!!! Not just for one more year….” Starks wrote. “I want to be here and finish here!”

That one-year deal would pay him $8.45 million and buy the two sides a chance to work out a long-term deal over the next several months. Starks suggested that there’s a difference of opinion when it comes to his value for such a deal with another tweet that said he was willing to accept a “discount,” but wouldn’t settle for a salary that came off the “clearance rack.”

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that talks about a contract have not been progressing well, so it would seem that the absence of a tag on Monday would raise the likelihood of the absence of Starks in Miami come next season.