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Inside Free Agency - Day 16: Randy Starks

A look at the most interesting players available in 2013


The crazy time of year that is free agency is fast approaching, so has you covered with a 30-day free agency look, highlighting the 30 most intriguing free agents or players who could be released/traded during the offseason.

You may have noticed, there are no restricted free agents on the list, largely because they rarely leave their current teams. None of the reports are indicative of the Chiefs plans for the 2013 free agency season.

DAY 16 of 30

It's never a bad thing to enter free agency, following a Pro Bowl season; it's a nice spot that Randy Starks finds himself in, heading towards March 12 (start of free agency).

Name: Randy Starks
Position: DT
Height: 6'3
Weight: 305
College: Maryland
Born: December 14th, 1983 (Petersburg, VA)
Age: 29
Experience: 9 years
Drafted: 2004, 3rd Round-71st pick overall by the Tennessee Titans

Starks just completed his ninth NFL season. He spent four years with the Tennessee Titans, before playing the last five seasons in Miami.

His career stat line looks like this: 140 games (103 starts), 224 tackles, 84 assists, 32.5 sacks, 4 INTs, 19 passes defensed, one forced fumble and seven fumble recoveries


Starks has been an integral part of the Miami Dolphins defense over the last five seasons. His quick hands and explosiveness are two reasons that he's played in two Pro Bowls (2010 and 2012).


Compared to other free agent defensive linemen, Starks played 826 snaps in 2012; the second-highest total was 719.


The 29-year-old Starks hasn't missed a game, since putting on the Dolphins helmet in 2008.

Starks has helped the Dolphins defesnive line, since arriving in 2008, helping earn the third-best rushing defense in 2011.


Age may play a factor in the Dolphins decision on Starks, as suggested by Bleacher Report's Ciaran Gowan.


"He's older, but he could be effective as an inside, space-eating 3-4 or power 4-3 kind of tackle," ESPN NFL Insider Bill Polian said.

"He had a very good year with Miami. This type of player is hard to find, so I imagine he'll have a market."

Having Pro Bowl experience on his resume, will open doors for Starks, who has been very stable, throughout his career. In nine years in the league, Starks has missed four games and he'll likely be rewarded for that.


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