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Dolphins Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Starks Holding Out

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This offseason, the Miami Dolphins placed the dreaded franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks. Despite signing the $8.45 million tender last month, Starks was the only player to not report for the Dolphins’ first day of offseason workouts.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Dolphins have been busy this offseason, signing multiple free agents and bringing back some of their own players. Included in the latter group is defensive tackle Randy Starks, who received the franchise tag, giving him a one year contract worth $8.45 million fully guaranteed. However, the two time Pro Bowl lineman has now officially started a holdout, looking for a long term deal from Miami.

The Dolphins started their offseason workout program yesterday, with players reporting for conditioning and strength training at the team's facility. Every player currently under contract with the team, save Starks, reported.

Starks, who signed his franchise tender back in March, is expected to skip all of the team's "voluntary" evens this year, unless a long term deal is worked out. The team's mandatory veteran mini-camp, which Starks is expected to attend, is scheduled for June 11-13.

Last year, Starks earned $3.72 million on his way to his second Pro Bowl trip. Starks made the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season as a 3-4 defensive end. This past season, Starks returned to Hawaii as an alternate 4-3 defensive tackle.

In his five seasons with the Dolphins, Starks has recorded 175 tackles. 22 sacks, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.