The good news Monday is the up-and-coming Miami Dolphins had nearly perfect attendance at the start of offseason workouts. The bad news is the one player who didn't show was starting defensive tackle Randy Starks, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Miami slapped Starks with the one-year franchise tag this offseason. He was coming off a solid season and wanted long-term security. The Dolphins entered the offseason with more than $40 million in cap room and handed out sizable extensions to players such as receiver Mike Wallace, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, and in-house free agents Brian Hartline and Matt Moore. Starks probably feels left out.
Starks and Paul Soliai make up one of the top defensive tackle tandems in the NFL. Miami wants to keep the pair together for at least one more year.
If the Dolphins do not extend Starks by August, you have to wonder about a potential holdout situation this summer. Starks skipping voluntary workouts certainly leads to speculation about his unhappiness and whether this situation could get worse.
In other Dolphins news, Joe Philbin was one of four head coaches chosen Monday as new members of the Competition Committee. The group was chosen by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.