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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Miami Dolphins, Brian Hartline Believe They Can Reach Deal

Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) warms up before the start of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have used the franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks and they will now shift their focus to a number of key players who are set to become free agents. First up appears to be wide receiver Brian Hartline.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Hartline and the Dolphins believe the two sides can get a deal done. Salguero wrote:

Hartline wants to remain in Miami and believes he has a chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But he also wants $6 million per season. Obviously, the Dolphins have so far resisted this price point. Both sides at this point believe something can get done before the start of free agency.

The question for Miami will be whether it makes more financial sense to pay $6 million to Hartline rather than use the money for another veteran wideout on the free agent market.

Reports have indicated the team has interest in Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, but signing Hartline to a long-term deal would take away from the money they would have available and would certainly hurt any chances they would have of signing Wallace to the big money deal he is seeking.

Topics: Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins, NFL Free Agency

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  • Jimmy

    you have to sign hartline

  • buffalofinfan

    I much rather sign wallace and get another receiver in the draft and use bess as a slot receiver

    • [email protected]

      Wallace not a team player

      • buffalofinfan

        Yeah but i think he would have no choice but to be one, philbin looks like he doesn’t take any crap

        • [email protected]

          Good call on Philbin, I really like what he is doing, and hope he is keeping a leash on Ireland. What about Bush? I like what he does out of the backfield, keeping D’s on their heels. I went to the Niners game ( in S.F. about an hour from home, Santa Rosa) and saw Reggie do a lot of receiving. Lucky bastard, you get to see the Dolphins in your home town once a year…… I like to go and watch the Raiders get woooped when the Dolphins come to Oakland. Raiders are a tough crowd, but I still wear my colors proud.

          • buffalofinfan

            I’d like to see bush stay but he’s gonna cost too much as far as me being lucky that they play in buffalo once a year i try to make it to the game but when its 20 degrees out id much rather stay home and watch it and have all the sorry bills fans come over and cry all day lol

          • [email protected]

            I think that bush will end up with Dolphins at a reduced price, cause Bush can see where the Dolphins are headed.

  • [email protected]

    Hartline for 4 million, and get over yourself Brian

    • buffalofinfan

      Yeah definately not 4 mil

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