Starks in attendance as Dolphins minicamp opens

By Omar Kelly

Sun Sentinel

2:06 PM EDT, June 11, 2013


DAVIE - The Miami Dolphins kicked off the first day of a three-day minicamp with Randy Starks in attendance for the first time all offseason.

Starks, a two-time Pro Bowler who has sat out all of the team's voluntary program pursuing a long-term contract, avoids a $66,000 fine by participating in the mandatory minicamp.

The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Starks, guaranteeing him $8.45 million for one season, but Starks, who will turn 30 in December, wants a multi-year deal.

During Starks' absence from OTAs Jared Odrick has filled in as the starting defensive tackle paired with Paul Soliai. Odrick, a two year starter at defensive end, could be making the position switch full-time.

Olivier Vernon, a former University of Miami standout the Dolphins selected in the third-round of the 2012 draft, has spent all offseason as the starting right end. He'll likely compare with Dion Jordan, the Dolphins' 2013 first-round pick, for the starting role when training camp begins in July.

Jordan has not been allowed to attend any of the Dolphins offseason program because Oregon is on a quarters system and NFL rules won't allow him to join the team until his semester ends. According to Oregon's class schedule Jordan should be taking finals this week.

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