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Randy Starks | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/14/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 305
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 3 (71) / TEN
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Browns released DT Randy Starks.
The Browns have also released TE Jim Dray, clearing $4.775 million in cap space. Signed to a two-year, $8 million deal last March, Starks started 15 games last season, playing 477 competent snaps. He turned 32 in December. He should be able to find work as a rotational lineman for 2016. Thu, Feb 18, 2016 03:37:00 PM

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Browns agreed to terms with DT Randy Starks, formerly of the Dolphins, on a two-year contract.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth "roughly" $8 million. Although Starks is going on 32, he still provides pass-rushing heat from the interior. That's something the Browns lacked in 2014. Starks could see snaps at his old position of defensive end in the Browns' 3-4 defense. Starks makes the Browns better, but he's just a situational role player at this stage of his career.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 02:17:00 PM

Dolphins released DT Randy Starks.

The move wipes Starks' $5 million salary off the books. The Fins apparently couldn't justify keeping Starks after making Ndamukong Suh the highest player on their roster. While Starks remains a disruptive pass rusher at age 31, his run defense took a major step back in 2014. Starks isn't an every-down player anymore, but should still be able to contribute in a rotation.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 09:05:00 AM

The Miami Herald considers DT Randy Starks a likely cap casualty.

Coming off a down year, the Fins could save $5 million in cap room by cutting Starks, which seems like a no-brainer. If they do part with Starks, defensive tackle would become a need area in Miami. Jared Odrick is a free agent, and Earl Mitchell would be the lone meaningful contributor left.
Sun, Feb 8, 2015 12:44:00 PM

The Miami Herald believes Dolphins DT Randy Starks' roster spot for 2015 is "in serious question."

Starks inked a two-year, $12 million deal in March and carries a $6 million cap hit next season, $5 million of which can be saved by Miami if it cuts the soon-to-be 31-year-old. Starks' play has tailed off in 2014, as he's been gashed in the run game and has seen his snaps reduced. Starks can still rush the passer.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 08:28:00 AM

Dolphins DT Randy Starks (back) has been ruled out for Week 4.

The Fins will lean on Jared Odrick and Earl Mitchell more than usual, although both are playing well on the interior. Starks' loss is a blow, and theoretically upgrades the matchup for Raiders skill-position players. But Raiders skill players are so anemic that it doesn't make much fantasy difference.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 02:04:00 PM

Dolphins re-signed DT Randy Starks to a two-year, $12 million contract.

The Dolphins moved quickly on keeping Starks after losing Paul Soliai to the Falcons. A starter for the Dolphins since 2009, Starks remained both an effective run stopper and pass rusher last season. Although he's now 31, Starks has been highly durable. He hasn't missed a game since 2007.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 03:13:00 PM

The Dolphins are finalizing a deal to re-sign free agent DT Randy Starks.

CBS' Jason La Canfora previously reported the deal will be worth around $6 million annually. Expect a formal announcement by Wednesday afternoon. Re-signing Starks was a priority for the Dolphins, especially after they lost Paul Soliai to the Falcons.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:50:00 AM

According to CBS Sports, the Dolphins are close to re-signing DT Randy Starks.

Per Jason La Canfora, the deal will be worth around $6 million per season. Starks has been a highly effective run-stuffer for the Dolphins and will pair with newly-signed Earl Mitchell in that role next year. Paul Soliai has bolted for the Falcons.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 08:03:00 AM

The Miami Herald reports "many around the league" believe free agent DT Randy Starks is not a personality fit with coach Joe Philbin.

Starks has yet to receive a contract offer from the Dolphins and is fully expected to leave Miami. He was a top-five defensive tackle in terms of stopping the run last year and should draw free agent interest despite his character concerns. With Paul Soliai also likely gone, Jared Odrick will be counted on for heavy snaps in 2014.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 02:12:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins haven't made contract offers to free agent DTs Randy Starks and Paul Soliai.

Starks' agent says his client is "looking forward to moving on." The sides haven't spoken since the Combine. Soliai is also prepared to move on. "The dialogue between us and the Dolphins remains open and friendly but we are not negotiating anything right now," Soliai's rep said. Starks and Soliai can begin talking with other teams on Saturday.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 06:16:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins haven't made an offer to free agent DT Randy Starks, but could make one before the start of free agency.

According to reporter Barry Jackson, the Dolphins would be "fine with Starks testing the market and coming back to them with a competing offer." The Herald reported earlier Monday that the Dolphins have also yet to make an offer to fellow free agent DT Paul Soliai, but are expected to do so before the start of free agency. New GM Dennis Hickey is moving slowly as he assesses his roster. Free agency begins two weeks from Tuesday.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 05:31:00 PM

The Miami Herald considers DT Randy Starks unlikely to give the Dolphins a discount in free agency after being forced to play under the franchise tag in 2013.

According to reporter Armando Salguero, Starks was "somewhat peeved" playing under the one-year tender. Starks turned 30 in December, and will certainly be chasing every nickel in what will almost certainly be his final shot at a multi-year deal. Rotating with Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick, Starks notched 49 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble this season. He hasn't missed a game since 2007.
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 10:24:00 PM

Dolphins DT Randy Starks admitted he's highly motivated this year because, "I want that long-term contract."

Starks is playing this season on a one-year, $8.5 million franchise tender and the Dolphins don't appear interested in negotiating an extension right now. They're using him in a rotation with Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick. Still, Starks has been productive as he's picked up two sacks and graded out as PFF's No. 8 defensive tackle. The rotation is working.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 09:28:00 AM

Dolphins two-time Pro Bowl DT Randy Starks is coming off the bench.

Starks believes his offseason contract dispute is the reason he's playing behind Paul Soliai and Jared Odrick. He skipped OTAs before signing his one-year, $8.45 million franchise tender. "I've been there before," Starks said. "I'm not going to say nothing bad about it. It is what it is. I wasn't here so I guess this is my punishment." The trio will likely play an even number of snaps in a rotation.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 10:31:00 AM

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