WEDNESDAY, 8:07am: The Dolphins released Starks this morning, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald (via Twitter).
The 31-year-old Starks went to two Pro Bowls with the Dolphins and was their interior anchor since signing in Miami in 2008, but the team must make room to accommodate Suh’s $114MM contract. Miami saves $5MM by cutting Starks, who was due $6MM this season.
The Dolphins, who re-signed Starks to a two-year, $12MM contract last March, had just more than $9MM worth of cap space before accounting for their new free agent prize. Starks will be a coveted piece once the dust settles after playing no fewer than 14 games in each of his seven seasons with the Dolphins while offering positional versatility.
Miami used him at end in multiple campaigns, and the former third-round pick of the Titans notched at least four sacks the past four years.