The Dolphins re-signed WR Brian Hartline to a five-year deal worth $30.775 million, Pro Football Talk first reported. Hartline’s new deal nets him $12.5 million guaranteed.
Hartline had a career year in 2012, playing in all 16 games (15 starts) and catching 74 passes for 1,083 yards. He scored only one touchdown, an 80-yard score against the Cardinals, when he went 12-253 receiving.
“Brian is an ascending player that has steadily improved over his first four years with the organization," said Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland. "He has represented himself positively both on the field and throughout the South Florida community."
In his career, Hartline has appeared in 60 games and has 183 catches for 2,753 yards and six touchdowns. Hartline told NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, “It feels great to know perseverance has paid off. Now it’s about winning games. I feel lke we’re on the right path. We’re close.”
On Monday, the Dolphins placed the franchise tag on DT Randy Starks. Among their starters likely to hit free agency on Tuesday are CB Sean Smith, RB Reggie Bush and OT Jake Long.
The way we see it
The deal is a very good one for Hartline, who only has one top-notch season to date in his four NFL campaigns. He developed a good chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill late last season, and while he’s not a touchdown threat, he is a reliable, outside, starting receiver.
The question now is who will start opposite Hartline. The Dolphins are expected to make a splash at the position, signing one of the top free agents, either Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings. A potential trio of Wallace, Hartline and slot WR Davone Bess will give Tannehill has a solid arsenal for his second season.