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Dolphins close to keeping Randy Starks

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Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks appears ready to stay in Miami.

The Dolphins and Starks are close to an agreement that would keep Starks around at a salary of about $6 million a year, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.

The 30-year-old Starks has been to two Pro Bowls in his six seasons with the Dolphins, and he’s strong both against the run and as a pass rusher. He’s a player the Dolphins don’t want to lose in free agency, and now it appears that they won’t.

Starks is the No. 29 player in our Free Agent Hot 100.

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33 Responses to “Dolphins close to keeping Randy Starks”
  1. irkjames says: Mar 12, 2014 7:41 AM

    So far so good, Mr. Hickey.

  2. guvsta says: Mar 12, 2014 7:45 AM

    Make it happen.

  3. finsfaninsc says: Mar 12, 2014 7:46 AM

    I like it so far. Bring in a good TE. Either bring back Keller, Owen Daniels, etc.

    Need more Oline help.

    Paid a bit much for Albert, but sometimes you have to pay what the market is or perceived to be.

    Much better than Ireland.

  4. ccombs2 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:50 AM

    This is no small thing. We were dangerously close to losing one of the few strengths this team has. I hated to see Solia go but now I see that they think they can use someone younger and cheaper as a 0/1 NT. We will not be as effective with 2-gap looks so we might see fewer mixed fronts. But I am relieved the D-line didn’t lose both guys. Good job so far Hickey. Now we will find his worth, the coming days are when the real steals come, it is nice that the Fins aren’t spent out on the 1st day per usual.
    Daryl Smith
    Zack Strief/Howard
    MJD/Ben Tate

    Throw in a strong 2nd corner and we can go BPA in the draft for once.

  5. ottawabrave91 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:50 AM

    Why won’t the chiefs make any moves

  6. mikeyfins says: Mar 12, 2014 7:56 AM

    Starks tested the market, saw he wasn’t going to get what he thought. Came back to Miami with his tail between his legs and hat in hand. Good move Mr. Hickey!

  7. prareedoggin says: Mar 12, 2014 7:59 AM

    I thought Soliai would’ve been the better option

  8. jzone954 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:59 AM

    Would be great to keep
    Him

  9. northernfinfan says: Mar 12, 2014 8:01 AM

    Agreed. Great job!

  10. rodge1 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:04 AM

    Awesome

  11. lostsok says: Mar 12, 2014 8:09 AM

    Wow, that would be amazing. I’d given up on keeping Starks. Getting less and less nervous about Hickey…more and more hopeful.

  12. shakespeare22 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:10 AM

    Nice combination of keeping our good players and signing a few others. So far, looking good.

  13. mfinsrule says: Mar 12, 2014 8:13 AM

    This is awesome. You keep the better player for cheaper, and get younger and maybe stay even talent-wise with Mitchell after losing Soliai (sad to see him go). An already strong D-line stays strong. Now get a replacement for Wheeler, another vet corner, a vet RB, a vet RT, and then draft more O-lineman and Lbers.

  14. djscottyb says: Mar 12, 2014 8:20 AM

    Great now go get RT Strief!
    Kick the tires of McKinnie and see if he will play LG, or if Joseph will give Hickey a deep discount.
    A decent #2 DB like Munnerlyn and the rest, if we get any, would be gravy. (Beason, Daniels, Tate, Jerry, Keller, etc)

  15. danrobgolf says: Mar 12, 2014 8:20 AM

    If Jason La Canfora reported Starks is likely staying then he is as good as gone!!

  16. jetrainer says: Mar 12, 2014 8:21 AM

    As a die hard Fins fan I’m so glad to see positive feedback about our GM. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this! Good job thus far Hickey, I’m drinking the Kool Aid AGAIN!

  17. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Mar 12, 2014 8:21 AM

    Was hoping the Pats would cut Wilfork and his 1omil cap hit, and pick up Starks!

  18. getawaybunny says: Mar 12, 2014 8:23 AM

    I love that Hickey has something to prove; so far so good.
    Not sure how much motor MJD has left, and also thinking that a real O Line would’ve made our running game more respectable last season.
    Use draft for RB, and stay focused on giving Pouncey and Albert some quality help. We’re really close.

  19. jmidd81 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:24 AM

    Finsfsninsc I totally disagree on the TE comment, gee have a stud in the making with Clay!

  20. finsfaninsc says: Mar 12, 2014 8:36 AM

    I think Clay is coming into his own, but we still need a complement to him. We don’t need a top notch TE, but Owen Daniels is a solid TE or Keller. We need a good solid TE.

    Clay is a FB/TE, kind of a tweener. I would like a more traditional TE to complement him. Help Block. Think Gronk, Gonzalez, Olson, Daniels.

  21. tm1384 says: Mar 12, 2014 8:46 AM

    jmidd81 I disagree with you. Don’t get me wrong I like Clay a lot, but he doesn’t have the ideal size of a TE. He is an oversized FB with good hands, Add a stud TE, preferably Ebron in the draft, and the offense gets opened up so much more. Imagine being able to run a two TE set with legitimate threats, and a TE who is a decent blocker which Clay isn’t. Would make a huge difference.

  22. wfederal says: Mar 12, 2014 8:52 AM

    djscottyb says: Mar 12, 2014 8:20 AM

    Great now go get RT Strief!
    Kick the tires of McKinnie and see if he will play LG, or if Joseph will give Hickey a deep discount.
    A decent #2 DB like Munnerlyn and the rest, if we get any, would be gravy. (Beason, Daniels, Tate, Jerry, Keller, etc)
    _____________________________________

    As a Panther fan, you DO NOT want Munnerlyn. He is horrible. Our phenomenal front seven made him look much better. He should not be starting on any NFL team. Slow and horrible in coverage. His INT’s happened when Hardy was in the backfield wreaking havoc

  23. phinmaster says: Mar 12, 2014 9:10 AM

    I don’t believe anything Jason La Canfora reports.

  24. skleech22 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    I love STARKS! HE’S A BEEEEEEAAAAAST!!!

  25. cedarstrength says: Mar 12, 2014 9:53 AM

    Question is where does that leave Odrick? JO is the most versital guy on that line, and best suited in the 3 tech (where most of his production comes). I honestly had hoped that they would not overpay Starks, and sign JO to the long term deal that allows him to take over at the 3 tech where he was the big ten defensive player of the year in college, and perhaps go get a young stud NT or keep Paul around for another year or two.

  26. rajbais says: Mar 12, 2014 10:20 AM

    The anti-Jeff Ireland way.

    Or as Dan LeBatard would say the opposite cycle or replacing the previous guy’s players.

  27. dolfan4ever says: Mar 12, 2014 10:28 AM

    Starks is a better keep than Soliai, Starks is an every down guy. Soliai was solid as a run stopper but not a good pass rusher. I think that the Mitchell signing was good for us in saving 4 million a yr with a better pass rusher than Soliai…so in short we’re getting Mitchell and Starks for 2 million a yr less than Starks and Soliai.

    Good deal IMO, now we need to get a solid CB (Revis, not overpay him) and land another solid OL… maybe sign Mack at center, move Pouncey to LG like his college days, give Dallas Thomas a shot at RG and pick up a RT through the draft.

  28. tre747 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:53 AM

    I guess Coyles is tipping his hand, speed on the D-line. Mitchell is a Soliai prototype with better quickness and younger legs. Now we have a starting line of Wake, Starks, Odrick, & Jordan/Vernon. LBs of Ellerbe, Misi & Wheeler/Jordan.

  29. ghost26 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:55 AM

    Any way you slice it the Falcons overpaid for Soliai. If we can get Starks back that would be great.

    Obviously we still need two G’s, a RT, & another CB. It’s possible that Sam Brenner or Dallas Thomas will step up but that’s up to them.

  30. ghost26 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:01 AM

    rajbais says: Mar 12, 2014 10:20 AM

    The anti-Jeff Ireland way.

    Or as Dan LeBatard would say the opposite cycle or replacing the previous guy’s players.

    Rajbais,

    I know exactly what you’re saying ( I read that LeBatard article) but that’s not entirely accurate. Hickey resigned Grimes who Ireland brought in & he’s trying to keep Starks who Ireland franchised last year. Replacing Soliai w/ Mitchell is a cost & age driven decision & the Albert deal should have been done last year & we don’t have ANY Tackles.

    As for replacing Clemmons w/ Delmas??? Okay that would apply.

  31. realfootballfan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:58 AM

    Good, unheralded player. I always thought they would opt for Soliai over him, but both are good. Other teams missed a chance to get a real good player if Miami manages to bring him back.

  32. ghost26 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:20 PM

    realfootballfan says: Mar 12, 2014 11:58 AM

    Good, unheralded player. I always thought they would opt for Soliai over him, but both are good. Other teams missed a chance to get a real good player if Miami manages to bring him back.

    Realfootballfan,

    Starks is a better player than Soliai. In fact Starks has ALWAYS been a better player than Soliai. If we can get Starks for similar money that ATL just gave Soliai then Hickey is making Ross look dumber & dumber by the day for keeping Ireland for as long as he did.

    Hickey kept Grimes in Miami for less than GB paid for Sam Shields & w/ all of the team needing a LT he got the best one available who fits in a zone blocking. Did he overpay for Albert? IMO–If he stays relatively healthy I think he’s worth it.

    The one move I’m a little skeptical on is Louis Delmas. Yes we didn’t pay a lot & it’s a one year deal but this guy has had ongoing issues w/ his knees. We definitely need to draft a FS.

  33. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 12, 2014 2:16 PM

    Its great to be talking and reading football stuff again and not you know what.

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