Randy Starks willing to give discount to Miami but won't go on clearance

Starks probably won’t be laughing if the Dolphins end up franchise-tagging him. (USATSI)
Randy Starks probably won’t be laughing if the Dolphins end up franchise-tagging him. (USATSI)

During last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland made it clear he wants to re-sign defensive tackle Randy Starks because the team needs to keep its solid defensive line intact.

And you can see Ireland’s point, with Starks coming off back-to-back seasons of 4.5 sacks. But there has been scuttlebutt that the unrestricted free agent is a prime candidate to be franchise-tagged (especially since it appears the Dolphins won’t be tagging cornerback Sean Smith or left tackle Jake Long).

Starks -- who is ranked No. 21 in our top-100 free agents list and would earn $8.45 million for 2013 if he is, indeed, tagged -- apparently is against that type of decision.

So, unless Starks was shopping for clothes at a discount store for sea creatures whose non-renewable lease runs through 2013, he’s probably tweeting about how he doesn’t want the franchise tag placed on him.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora wrote a couple days ago that the Dolphins were reluctant to use the tag. But La Canfora opines, “I still think the Dolphins would be foolish to be sitting on $50 million in cap space and not to use it to protect their rights to any of their younger players. And, by doing so, general manager Jeff Ireland would be thrusting incredible pressure upon himself to deliver huge results in free agency.”

If Starks’ tweeting is any indication, it sounds like the Dolphins might be starting to agree.

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