The NFL's deadline to negotiate long term deals with franchise tagged players was 4pm Eastern time today. With that deadline now passed, and no new contract in place, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks will now play the season on his one-year, $8.45 million tender.
The two time Pro Bowler had been hoping to work out a new contract with the Dolphins, giving him long term security in South Florida. To show his displeasure with receiving the tag, Starks skipped all of the voluntary offseason workouts this year, though he did participate in the mandatory veteran minicamp.
However, the Dolphins seem set to allow both Starks and fellow defensive tackle Paul Soliai, complete this season, and the final year on their respective deals, before deciding which, if either, to re-sign.
Around the NFL this offseason, eight players were given the franchise tag. Only one was able to negotiate a long term deal to replace the tag, with the Denver Broncos signing tackle Ryan Clady to a five-year, $52.5 million contract.