Dolphins talking contract extension with Brian Hartline


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.

16 responses to “Dolphins talking contract extension with Brian Hartline

  1. Look what happened the last time they waited on a productive receiver…he’s been wearing the flying elvis instead of the flying dolphin since 2007.

    Dolphins can’t seem to hit the market at the right time with their guys…time for another GM change there Ross?

  2. I come in peace….

    Good luck to your phins on Sunday. Here’s hoping to a good game, but hopefully my Bengals come out with a W! I’m most worried about Reggie and our secondary. But they surely stepped up last week against MJD. You guys should be mostly worried about our pass rush and AJ. But you probably already knew that.


  3. Glad to see more of the “other” receivers now that ball hog Marshall is gone.

    Hartline has great hands and can help this team. He also doesn’t drop sure touchdowns like the diva Marshall did…does.

  4. Dolphins will regret resigning this guy.

    He’ll catch a ball thrown directly to him…as long as it is by a sideline and he is not about to get hit.

    He is soft…he will not go over the middle…he will not fight for a reception…he will never come down with a ball when someone else goes up to contest it.

    Every catch he had in his record day…he was wide open in single coverage with no chance of being hit.

    This guy couldn’t shine Wes Welker’s shoes.

  5. Dolphins talked of extending him in the offseason. He was far and away Philbin’s favorite receiver because he’s the prototype receiver for Miami’s offense. Had Hartline not had an appendectomy and various injuries, he would probably already have a (less lucrative) extension.

  6. He has good chemistry with Tannehill. Hartline didn’t play a snap during the entire preseason and instantly became Tannehill’s favorite target.

  7. Hartline doesn’t drop anything, he’s very good.
    Let’s see what happens on Sunday in Cincinnati.
    Tanehill is improving every week now, and obviously Hartline is a big target for him.

  8. Hartline has been severely underrated by all the NFL “experts”. He is not the biggest, not the fastest, not the muscle man, or the glitzy type, but he is a solid producer. The man deserves a good paycheck (not billionaire level) so I hope a really good contract can be agreed to that will benefit the team and the man. I sincerely believe the Dolphins can win on Sunday vs. the Bungles. Hopefully, Bess, Fasano, and maybe Gaffney? can help give Mr. T-hill more tempting targets (and hold onto the ball after) so that Hartline is not double covered every play. Add in Bush (out in space) and we just may have a nicely diversified receiving corps. We will need a very aggressive effort by Mr. Wake, and Mr. Pee Wee Odrick to make it a challenge for Dalton.

  9. As long as they don’t give him #1 WR type money, it’s a good idea to re-sign him now.

    Ireland will likely use the $60 Million in available in cap room will go to signing Hartline, Long, Starks, and Bush. I’m not sure I’d give Jake Long the contract he’ll be looking for after his play so far this year. He’s given up more sacks than anyone else on the line so far and hasn’t been able to stay healthy the past two years. Yet, he wants to be the highest paid LT in the league. That’s a tough one…. Bush deserves a new contract, but again no need to overpay. Same with Starks as you can easily slide Odrick over to DT and can good production.

  10. I will take being wide open in single coverage any day, like about 10 times per game, geetee52 do you really watch the game? Bill

  11. New juiced up contract after 4 weeks of above average play for an overachieving team = Ryan Fitzpatrick 2.0

  12. Hartline has never been a favorite of mine but he’s doing pretty good so far especially considering his injury this past off season.

    I think a big contract may be a mistake. Let’s wait and see his production over a longer period of time with Tannehill. Hart lines first time going over 100 yards came just this season.

  13. It’d be great to get him under contract before the end of the year when they have to worry about a number of other FA’s.

    The comparison to Fitz is absurd. Other than talking contracts mid-season, these guys are nothing alike.

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