The Dolphins announced Tuesday they've re-signed offensive tackle Nate Garner, a move that should help alleviate losing left tackle Jake Long to St. Louis.

That was the first interesting announcement of the day, but it wasn't the only news.

The Dolphins are playing the Dallas Cowboys in the nationally-televised Hall of Fame Game, the NFL's pre-season opener, on Aug. 4, at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

And, defensive tackle Randy Starks signed his franchise tender of $8.45 million. Starks could still sign a more cap-friendly contract extension. If not he's an unretsircted free agent after the season. Also, third-team quarterback Pat Devlin signed his exclusive rights tender of $480,000.

Garner started the last four games at right tackle last season after Long was placed on the injured reserve list. Right tackle Jonathan Martin was flipped to left tackle as Long's replacement.

Garner said although Miami has lost Long, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, the offensive line could be better this season.

"I think we definitely can be better as an offensive line," he said. "Jake is going to be sorely missed but I think we'll recover and move on down the road and just try to get better as a unit."

Re-signing Garner offers the Dolphins a lot of options. He could line up as the starting right tackle in training camp with Martin on the left side.

Or, Miami might have interest in trading for Kansas City left tackle Branden Albert, or signing Kansas City right tackle Eric Winston, among others. Having Garner allows Miami to pursue a left tackle or right tackle.

Garner has also started five games at left guard and four at right guard so he provides additonal versatility.