Randy Starks signs his franchise tender

AP

With the free agent market falling from under the feet of the guys who got to it, the guys who didn’t are locking in their money.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks signed his franchise tender today.

He becomes the fifth franchise player to sign his tender (joining Branden Albert, Michael Johnson, Henry Melton and Anthony Spencer), guaranteeing his one-year contract. In Starks’ case, that’s a $8.45 million deal for the coming year.

It’s not what he might have made in previous free agent markets, but this year is proving to be unlike others, and not for the good of the players, forcing them to effectively punt and wait a year hoping conditions improve.