Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, is reporting that Miami has signed DT Randy Starks to a five-year, $21 million contract with $7 million in guaranteed money.
Starks (6'3", 312 lbs.) was a third-round draft pick of the Titans in 2004. He is just 24 years old.
He played in a 4-3 defense in Tennessee, but he's very young, very big, and still has considerable upside.
However, there are character concerns with Starks. In August 2006, he was arrested for assaulting his fiancee. In the scuffle, she lost some fingernails and had her head banged against a wall.
I'm all for signing these really young guys who have a lot of upside, but I don't think it's such a good idea to pay out such a large contract to someone who hasn't really accomplished that much in the NFL yet and who does have character concerns. It's a reasonable gamble, but a gamble nonetheless.
Here are Starks' career stats: