Reporting Tim Kephart
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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins will get a big addition to the lineup starting Tuesday when franchised defensive tackle Randy Starks rejoins his team after boycotting the team’s voluntary workouts and off-season team activities, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.
Starks is guaranteed $8.5 million this year playing under the franchise tag for the Dolphins. However, Starks would like the financial security of a long-term deal with the Dolphins, or with another team. If Starks had missed the mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday it would have cost him $66,000.
The Dolphins’ defensive tackle combination of Starks and the mammoth Paul Soliai plugged the middle of the defense last season leading a stout run stopping unit. Still, Starks’ job isn’t guaranteed.
Defensive end Jared Odrick may be better suited to play defensive tackle and with number three overall pick Dion Jordan starting in the fall, it may only be a matter of time before Odrick moves inside on a full-time basis.
Having Jordan on the outside opposite Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake with Odrick pushing the middle of the pile gives Miami a completely new pass rush for opponents to deal with each week.
Still, Jordan hasn’t even made it to camp yet and will likely be used as a third-down pass rushing end during his first year in the league.
The opening of training camp is a little more than five weeks away for the Dolphins.