The Miami Dolphins' fourth free agent signing of the 2014 NFL Free Agency period should look pretty comfortable in an aqua 94 jersey next season. After weeks of hearing that the Dolphins were likely going to allow defensive tackle Randy Starks leave via free agency this year, the team has announced they have re-signed the two time Pro Bowler.
“I’ve been a part of this organization for six years and I think I’m established here,” Starks told Dolphins.com's Andy Kent. “I’m just happy to be back and this was my first choice and that’s why I didn’t take any visits. I had options out there but this is where I want to be. I want to finish my career here and I think this two-year deal gives me a chance to do that.”
Starks has appeared in 96 games, starting 81, since joining the Dolphins in 2008. He was originally a third round Draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2004. Starks has 451 tackles, 36.5 sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries in his 10 years in the league. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010 as a 3-4 defensive end and in 2012 as a 4-3 defensive tackle.
“I am delighted to welcome Randy Starks back to the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey. “He is a two-time Pro Bowler and his career speaks for itself. Randy was a key piece to last year’s defense and is the type of player, both on and off the field, that we are looking to add to this football team.”
Starks signed a two-year, $12 million contract today. The Dolphins also added fellow defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, agreeing to terms yesterday and signing the deal today. Mitchell joins the Dolphins' rotation at the position with Starks and Jared Odrick, taking over the spot from Paul Soliai who signed a free agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons yesterday.