Dolphins were talking to James Starks, still looking for a runner

AP

It’s probably just a matter of time before the Dolphins call Ricky Williams. Or start telling us how great they expect Jay Ajayi to be.

The latest running back to tell the Dolphins “no thanks” appears to be James Starks, who just re-signed with the Packers.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins “had multiple conversations in recent days” with Starks’ agent. Whether those conversations were serious, or whether he was just using the Dolphins as leverage the way Chris Johnson did remains to be seen.

The Dolphins lost Lamar Miller to Houston on the first day of free agency, and then saw the Broncos match their offer to restricted free agent C.J. Anderson before Johnson visited and then re-signed with Arizona. Now if Starks rebuffed their advances, they’re scrambling.

There’s not much left on the market at the moment, at least if they want a guy who’s not old or coming off an injury or a bad season.

Names such as Arian Foster and Alfred Morris are the recognizable ones, but if Miami wants a top-end runner, they might have to start considering using a high draft pick on one.

41 responses to “Dolphins were talking to James Starks, still looking for a runner

  1. uhhhhh there are BARE pickings this year in RB…good luck with that PHIN PHANS—PHOOO

  2. Push comes to shove a trifecta of Morris, Foster, and Ajayi could easily be serviceable and draft a rookie you’ll probably find what you need.

  3. Hey Gantt you realize C.J. Anderson was undrafted and Starks was a 6th round selection right?

    It’s not like it’s impossible to get a productive RB either late in the draft or even as an undrafted rookie FA.

  4. You guys make it sound like everyone is turning down the dolphins. That’s most likely not true. The only player they’ve technically swung and missed on was CJ Anderson. From the sounds of it, they weren’t all that broken up about not getting him either. For all we know, Anderson was plan A and draft is plan B. There’s nothing wrong with doing your due diligence in the meantime just to make sure you havent missed any possibilities to add talent. Im getting tired of seeing everyone interpreting this as “lol, the dolphins missed out again and are now on their 8th, 9th, 10th option”

  5. Lol no ones wants to play RB for the Dolphins cause you can put 8 men in the box and make Ryan Tannehill beat you, and he can’t so.

  6. Alfred Morris has over 4700 rushing yards and 29 TD’s in just 4 years in the league, with his worst year least season after the redskins drafted Jones and forced him into the lineup. Morris is somehow not a quality RB at age 27?

    I guess that’s your theory.

  7. Whether you hate the Dolphins or not, folks, the reason runners are turning them down is either: they are not a playoff team, nobody knows how many carries they’ll get under Gase (which is why Miller left), and maybe the biggest reason: their offensive line sucks, and nobody wants to run behind it!

  8. Plenty of backs in the drafts 2nd and 3rd rounds for Fins to get at a lot less than Millers 6.5 mill per year.

  9. Perhaps all these running backs have noticed that Miami has no starting-caliber guards, and then looked Mike Tannenbaum’s past success as a GM (see 2012 Jets draft, Mark Sanchez, etc.) and saw that won’t be able to draft any.

  10. CJ Anderson and James Starks are just names on rosters beside the letters “RB”.

    Alfred Morris IS a running back.

    He’s the type of guy you want… a guy who plays so hard out of the gate that he’s your starter.

    Miller inherited his starting role when Reggie Bush left. James Starks got carries because Eddie Lacy got fat. CJ Anderson is slightly better than Monte Ball, but either could be successful behind that O-line.

    Alfred Morris is the type of runner Miami needs, having neglected to improve their guards (which is the real team criticism all the Tannehill bashers neglect).

    Miller is a solid running back, but he needs daylight that the Miami line doesn’t give on obvious running downs. Morris does.

  11. Yeah I don’t see how Alfred Morris wouldn’t at least be a serviceable option for a year or 2. I think he would have value as a guy to pair with Ajayi.

  12. As a lifelong Dolfan, this is a scary offseason. Let’s face it, this is a bad team, and the new regime has done nothing so far to inspire confidence. The guards would be second-stringers on a high school team, the skill players are average at best, and the defense needs help at every single position besides DT. This team needs a spectacular draft to even think about going 8-8 this year.

  13. David Gantt – Jay Ajayi is better than CJ and will be a starter sometime next season regardless of who they get in free agency.

    He always has to go negative any time he covers the Dolphins. smh

  14. nhpats says:
    Mar 18, 2016 9:43 AM
    The Dolphins should focus on finding a real QB….
    ____________________________________

    If the definition of a “real qb” means the qb can’t complete a pass farther than 10 yards downfield then your right. The phins need a qb.

  15. LOL at the people who think Starks only plays because of Lacy.

    Might want to look at who the RB was and carried the workload when the Packers won the SB in 2010.

    James Starks.

    He’s a guy who can do the lion’s share if asked and knows what it’s like to win a SB.

  16. As a Packer fan I wouldn’t consider James Starks an upper echelon running back.
    He has good moves, he’s a strong runner, hits the hole quickly, good hands catching flares out of the backfield however James has issues hanging on to the rock.
    That issue alone has cost him a lot of contract money.
    I’m glad he resigned. He’s a decent back up for Eddie.

  17. the Patriots win superbowls without running backs all the time…whats the big deal? We’ll be fine.

  18. There will be some good RB’s cut by teams when Training camp starts.
    Titan’s will most likely cut Bishop Sankey, who they have not really given a fair shake. The Titans O’Line was the main reason they have no running game, it’s not the backs. He’s young, and should be pretty cheap.
    Plus Ajayi is solid…… could be a Ricky Williams type of back if given the chance.

  19. I wouldn’t sweat it too much Dolphin fans, although he would have been a great addition to the Dolphins fumble recovery drill.

  20. Miami didn’t whiff on Anderson, he signed the offer sheet. Denver just matched it. They are not desperate a RB. They are just looking for some depth and someone to compliment Ajayi. My guess is the low balled Johnson and Starks because they aren’t going to overpay for second tier talent. That’s a good thing!

  21. teal379 says:
    Mar 18, 2016 11:17 AM
    LOL at the people who think Starks only plays because of Lacy.

    Might want to look at who the RB was and carried the workload when the Packers won the SB in 2010.

    James Starks.

    He’s a guy who can do the lion’s share if asked and knows what it’s like to win a SB.

    ————————————————

    And Hey, That was only SIX years ago.

  22. Dolphins need to be addressing that OL! Who want’s to play behind that? Unless someone’s just looking for a change of scenery to South Florida – NO money is worth gettin’ pummeled 10-12 times a game for a mediocre team. I say 10-12 times because they’ll fall way behind & there goes the ground game!

  23. So much negativity from Gantt. Look, I’m not a huge fan of what they’ve done this offseason, but they really didn’t “miss out” out any RBs…

    Anderson was signed and Denver matched. There’s nothing we can do about that.

    And while Miami spoke to Starks and Johnson, there were never any reports of contracts offered to them, so they didn’t turn Miami down.

    And there’s no need for the cheap shot on Ajayi. He was a first round talent who fell in the draft because of concerns about his knee. He has serious potential, and played well in limited time last year, so it wouldn’t surprise anyone that’s paying attention if he becomes a very good NFL starter.

  24. Tannenbaum’s past success as a GM (see 2012 Jets draft, Mark Sanchez, etc.)
    _______________

    You mean the GM who put together a team that went to back to back afc championship games with Mark sanchez as the QB?

  25. If the definition of a “real qb” means the qb can’t complete a pass farther than 10 yards downfield then your right. The phins need a qb.
    _____________________

    You mean the Tannehill? The guy who was 4th in the league in 20+ yard passes and 6th in the league in 40+ yard passes? That QB who can’t throw the ball farther than 10 yards downfield?

    The least you could do is know what you are talking about when posting.

  26. I love you Tannehill stats guys – but these STATS are not translating into WINS with him under center – Let’s put Matt Moore back there and Tannehill on the clip board & see if the offense responds. Oh & lets not forget to sign a guard or 2 so Ajayi can run like he’s capable of doing.

  27. So far no one has mentioned a very good RB that has few miles on him, Ray Rice. Yeah he slugged his wife, other players have been charged with murder and still played out their careers. So why not Ray?

  28. Dolphins should go with Jay Ajayi. Sign LeGarrette Blount to a 1 year deal. That will be a band-aid on an open wound for the year. Then in next year’s Draft go after that stud RB out of LSU Leonard Fournette.

  29. Ray Rice may not be a bad invite just to bring him in for a talk and physical. If you play the Marketing right you can get past the barrage of bad press sure to follow. He may be out of shape………..ZERO press of any Team bringing him in for a talk.

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