Dolphins franchise Randy Starks

Updated: March 4, 2013, 8:42 PM ET
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The Miami Dolphins placed their franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks, the team announced Monday.

The deadline for teams to use the franchise tag was 4 p.m. ET.

The team's decision means that left tackle Jake Long and receiver Brian Hartline will become unrestricted free agents on March 12 unless the Dolphins can agree to contracts with both players before then.

Starks will be guaranteed $8.45 million this season if he signs the franchise tender and plays ...

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