Miami Dolphins let DT Randy Starks go, could help Patriots

Kevin Nogle, SBNation:
Since joining the Dolphins for the 2009 season, Starks has been a key part of the defensive line. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2010 as a 3-4 defensive end, then was again selected in 2012 as a 4-3 defensive tackle. He had not missed a game with Miami until he was forced to miss the team's game in London this past season due to a back injury, a stretch of 99 straight games played. In seven years with the Dolphins, Starks has played 111 games, starting 96 of them, with 30. 5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 16 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble, 4 fumble recoveries, and 153 tackles.

Randy Starks was a 2004 third round draft choice by the Tennessee Titans from the University of Maryland. Randy spent five years with the Titans. One preseason incident in 2006 had Starks dismissed from the team after he was charged with assaulting his fiancé. Head Coach Jeff Fisher suspended Randy, but reinstated him three days later. Starks had the charges dropped in December after completing anger management counseling sessions.

One incident with police in 2009 caused concern for the Miami Dolphins. On May 24, 2009, Starks was arrested by police for running into a police officer with a Freightliner truck on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. The truck left the scene after, but it was stopped by police a block later. Starks faces charges of aggravated battery. The felony battery charges were eventually dropped in July 2009.

Randy Starks was released in the Miami Dolphins' roster purge to make room for DT Ndamukong Suh. Starks is a versatile defensive lineman, but he does come with some baggage.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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