Report: Browns reach agreement with DL Randy Starks


The Cleveland Browns have broken their relative silence in free agency by as extending defensive lineman John Hughes on Saturday, and today they have addressed the same glaring need by signing recently cut Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks. According to CBS Sports Jason La Canfora, the deal is a 2 years, worth $8 Million.

Starks (31) is a durable and versatile player that was a staple along the Dolphins defensive front for 7 years before becoming a cap casualty in the deal to acquire free agent Ndamukong Suh.

Starks is a ten year pro from Maryland, and can play both nose and defensive end in the Brown’s 3-4 front. Starks  still has worth and is a steal for a team that needs both depth and rotational playmakers, and Starks fits both of those needs. He compiled a marginal season with the Dolphins last year, accounting for 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 15 games.

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The hope is that Starks, who has been durable for years, can provide a similar impact that Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby did for the secondary and linebacking groups last year. Starks isn’t going to move the needle but his signing is in replacement of Ahtyba Rubin. Starks graded out as -1.1 by PFF where as Rubin was near the bottom with a grade of -14.3.

Starks shouldn’t stop the Browns from investing in a defensive lineman early in the draft but will help the team focus on best player available over trying to force a need and draft a player higher than he should be.

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