The 29-year-old defensive tackle made $3.72 million last season, so his new contract gives him a considerable raise. Miami currently has an estimated $19 million in cap space. While money isn't tight at this point, the Dolphins can sign Starks to a long-term deal before July 15 to free up room financially.
Starks was given a franchise tag on March 4. Prior to signing the one-year tender, Starks made it clear he wants to spend the remainder of his career in South Beach. He'll be looking for a long-term deal next offseason if a new contract isn't reached before mid-July.
Miami will have both starting defensive tackles hitting the market in 2014 under their current contracts. Paul Soliai's two-year deal ends after this season.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Starks will be in his sixth season with the Dolphins in 2013. He was originally a third-round pick for the Titans in 2004. Starks recorded 307 total tackles and 32.5 sacks in nine seasons.