Tuesday’s Miami Dolphins OTA workout and two more to follow this week are considered voluntary for players, which means that defensive tackle Randy Starks will not be fined or otherwise held accountable for skipping the sessions.
The Dolphins placed the franchise tag on Starks, who is entering his sixth season with the team, and he signed it to guarantee a 2013 contract of $8.45 million. Still, the veteran is taking a pass on organized practice until mandatory mini-camp June 11-13 as a message that he would prefer to work out a long-term deal.
Safety Reshad Jones reportedly is seeking a better contract, too. He did not attend Monday’s first team session of non-contact drills, citing “personal reasons,” but fully participated in practice on Tuesday.
A couple of offensive linemen new to the team, free-agent signee Lance Louis from the Chicago Bears and third-round draft pick Dallas Thomas, did not take the field but worked on the side while rehabbing offseason injuries.
Wake honored: Defensive end Cameron Wake won the 2012 Dan Marino MVP award in media voting that was announced on Tuesday. Wake led the Dolphins with 15 sacks and ranked fourth in the NFL.
In other results, center Mike Pouncey won the Don Shula Leadership Award and punter Brandon Fields won the Nat Moore Community Service Award.
Hartline on punt duty? With Davone Bess gone in a draft-day trade to Cleveland, the Dolphins are looking for a backup punt returner, or possibly a replacement for Marcus Thigpen at the position.
On Tuesday, wide receiver Brian Hartline was included in a group of players catching punts.
“It’s possible I could do that, though in what situation I couldn’t tell you,” said Hartline, who returned a punt for a touchdown at Ohio State. “They made a point of saying to go back there and catch punts every day.”