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Miami Dolphins To Release Brian Hartline: Should The New York Jets Be Interested?

News broke today that the Dolphins will release wide receiver Brian Hartline, should the Jets be interested.

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The question was, what will the Miami Dolphins do with Mike Wallace? That answer is still unclear, however news broke today that the Dolphins will release receiver Brian Hartline. Brian signed a 5 year $30 million contract just a couple of seasons ago and was due to make a base salary of $5.9 million this year.

This is a very interesting one because Brian Hartline is still only 28 and has two 1,000 yard seasons under his belt. However 2014 was a tough year for the former Ohio State man, recording career lows in receiving yards (474) and despite being a decent possession receiver, he has never put many points on the board. In 6 seasons, he has scored just 12 touchdowns, which obviously averages out at 2 touchdowns a year.

His best year came in 2013 where he recorded 76 receptions for 1,016 yards and 4 touchdowns. Interestingly enough, Brian Hartline has had 5 dropped passes each of the last three seasons and doesn't make people miss in the open field.

I'll be interested to see how much he demands on the open market. The Jets have just signed Kerley to an extension and still have Decker. Hartline is certainly not a #1, but he's not a terrible #3 or #4 option. If we run more 3 and 4 wide receiver sets, having Hartline wouldn't be all that horrible.