2013 Free Agents of interest – Part 8 – Randy Starks , DT

Randy Starks – DT: 6’ 3’’, 305 lbs, 28 y/o, 9th season,  3rd round pick in 2004 by Tennessee Titans.

Randy Starks is a key piece in a strong Miami defense. He gloomed since his arrival in Miami into one of the best defensive tackles in the league with little recognition from national parodists He went to the Pro-Bowl in 2010.

His career stats as week 8 of 2012: 303 tackles, 32,5 sacks, 18 pass defections, 1 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions.

He started 100 out of 137 games he played in during his career in Tennessee and Miami missing only 4 games in his all career.

His sacks total are interesting (32,5) and he’s also a good run stuffer. Anyhow the stats that is most attractive to me is the number of pass deflections: 18….and he’s playing defensive tackle. That speaks by itself on how good he is against the pass.

Why the broncos would be interested:

  • The Broncos will be surely on the market to add some body at defensive tackle and solidify the front four (Ty Lawson will be free agent and I don’t see him coming back to Denver after two years in I/R and only 5 snaps played).
  • Starks could be a quality addition because he could play three downs on Denver scheme, being really good against the pass. He will be battling Vickerson for the DT spot on the nickel defense on 3rd down and could probably win out.
  • He has played a lot of games and has great experience that would be helpful to a defensive line that, with the exception of Bannan, it’s completely self-made (all players played the most important snaps of their career with Denver, if they even dress others colors that orange and blue.
  • Denver will add a powerful player to its pass rush. I believe that in 2013 Denver offense will be even better than 2012 because the unit will have 1 year of experience playing together. This will lead to big lead in the first half obliging opposing teams to throw the ball much more than in 2012. Adding interior pass rusher could be crucial for the defense to be outstanding. Starks is one of the players that could make Denver defense an outstanding one.


Why the Broncos could not pursuing him:

  • Randy Starks could not come cheap, given his physical gift and his accomplishments on the football field. Miami will try whatever it’s possible to let him stay as the Dolphins did in 2012 free agency with the other starting DT: Paul Soliai.
  • He had some off the field problems that could bot fit the personality mode the Broncos are looking in the veteran free agents to bring aboard.
  • There are many other free agents at defensive tackle in the 2013 season, the Broncos could have some other player ranked higher than Starks and therefore not so willing to spend 8 figures investment.


Randy Starks is a great player that is widely underrated. His work is the get pressure to the QB from the interior of the D-Line and his stats assures that he accomplished that in his 9 years career in the NFL. His durability also is off the charts and his accountability on the Broncos nickel package could be really high. He could be a veteran addition that could bring experience and skills that could help make this fantastic Broncos defense the last jump to another Denver Crush.


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