Randy Starks has signed his franchise tender with the Miami Dolphins, which means the two-time Pro Bowl will earn a guaranteed salary of $8.45 million this season.

Starks, who has paired with Paul Soliai to serve as the linchpins of the Dolphins' defensive front the past four seasons, could still sign a multi-year deal with Miami.

Signing the franchise tender simple puts the Dolphins on the hook for the entire value of his 2013 salary. However, an extension, which adds more years to the deal, would provide the Dolphins more cap flexibility.