Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline became known to a few more people last Sunday when he picked up 253 receiving yards in an overtime loss to the Cardinals.
That might not be the only gain he’ll realize as a result of his explosive afternoon. Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have started talking to Hartline about a contract extension. So much for buying low.
Hartline is in the final year of his rookie deal, so the timing isn’t solely because of the big game but the timing of that big game couldn’t be much better for Hartline’s bottom line. Good timing has been a hallmark of Hartline’s whole season.
He was in the right place to step into the starting lineup when Chad Johnson’s extracurricular activities stamped his ticket out of Miami and that leaves him in position to capitalize on quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s progression over the course of his rookie season. None of those things would matter if Hartline wasn’t producing when the ball comes his way, though, and he’s certainly been doing that this season.
Right now, Hartline’s on pace for 1,820 receiving yards, which would top Mark Clayton’s 1,389 for the most in the history of the Dolphins. We’ll see if he can remain on that pace, but he’s certainly gotten off on the right foot in his contract year.