With one week until the start of NFL Free Agency, teams are making their final pushes to secure long-term deals in hopes of preventing their potential free agents from hitting the open market.
A report surfacing today from FOXSports.com indicates that the Miami Dolphins are one of those teams and they are nearing a deal with wide receiver Brian Hartline.
A source told FOXSports.com that Brian Hartline and the Dolphins are nearing agreement on a contract that would keep the wide receiver from hitting the free-agent market. The multiyear deal would average between $6 million and $6.5 million a season, the source said.
Last season, Hartline had a career year with 74 catches for 1,083 yards and a touchdown. At just 26-years-old, it could be hard for the Dolphins to retain his services if Hartline hits the open market.
Even if the Dolphins finalize their deal with Hartline, they are nearly $38 million under the salary cap and would still have enough money to make a run at one of the top free agent wide receivers in free agency. Numerous reports have said the Dolphins will make Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Mike Wallace a priority.