Dolphins to release Brian Hartline

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At a time when it’s still unclear what the Dolphins will do with receiver Mike Wallace, it’s very clear what they’ll do with receiver Brian Hartline.

They’ll cut him.

According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, the Dolphins have said Hartline will be released on Friday.

Hartline was due to earn a base salary of $5.9 million this year, the third of a five-year, $30 million contract.  He received $7 million to sign; $4.2 million must still be accounted for on the salary cap.

In his first season under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, Hartline had the lowest yardage output of his career with 474, despite starting all 16 regular-season games in 2014.  He surpassed 1,000 yards in 2013 and 2012.

The move gives the 28-year-old a 10-day head start on the open market.  It’ll be interesting to see how much teams are willing to pay for veteran receivers, given that rookies seem to be making a bigger impact right out of the gates.

79 responses to “Dolphins to release Brian Hartline

  1. I boggles my mind seeing player after play on some of these team restructure their contracts to give their team the best chance to win. Yet the Dolphins don’t get their guys (Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Ellerbe) to restructure to better the team…smh

  2. Unless Danny Amendola (who’s in my book earned his contract after a very hard first year and a half) doesn’t take the pay cut NE is sure to ask him to take, NE will almost certainly take a look at this guy. If he was never dinged up, He’s almost the next evolution of Welker in terms of WR position…Welker = super short, super quick with short arms, not great top end speed but not slow by any means. Edelman = greater top end speed, very quick but maybe not quite as sudden as Welker. Still short but has longer arms, bigger hands and can make catches away from his body and every bit, if not more fearless. Threat to take it to the house. Hartline = little taller, little longer and more of a true traditional receiving threat but he’s been injured quite a bit. Tough guy…but beat to hell and maybe too long in the tooth.

  3. I’m not a Dolphins fan but from what I did see of this guy he worked his butt off for them.

  4. So who’s going to catch the ball with no Wallace and no Hartline? And your QB is young and still developing too?

    No wonder the Dolphins remain the Patriots b*tch every year.

  5. A good player, but a terrible fit in Miami’s new offense. Throw in the fact he was scheduled to make 6+ mil this year, this was an easy decision for the team.

    I think this signals that they will keep Wallace. You can’t replace all of your starting receivers and expect the team to have success. Miami needs to stop dumping pro bowl talent because Joe Philbin can’t coach/lead/control them.

  6. We always hear how Dawn Aponte is supposed to be a respected capoligist for the Dolphins, but this cap hell we are in should put the spotlight on her and her abilities.

  7. I bought a Hartline jersey this time last year…..never fails. It will look nice next to my Jake Long, Brandon Marshall and Ted Ginn jerseys.

  8. I would rather have kept Hartline at a better deal. He runs good routes and can make tough catches. Not a fast receiver but dependable. The Wallace deal coupled with his attitude is hurting the Dolphins.

    My team seems to do this every year. They create additional holes and fill about half of the total needs. Had speed/needed a big possession receiver so the got one but released the speed guy. Then got a new speed guy but traded the possession guy. Now they seem to be getting rid of the possession guy AND the speed guy.

    We will be left with Landry and a new guy. The #4 receiver is also a malcontent but with limited production. This off-season should have been about shoring up the middle of the defense but now we need to fix stuff on offense that wasn’t really broken but for a chappy diva attitude.

  9. Terrible scheme fit for Lazor and his offense. This is an offense that relies on receivers running after the catch. Hartline was never one to run after the catch. Although he’d fall down A LOT!

  10. Hartline was a nice receiver and good for Tannehill’s development his first two years but he was awful last season. He didn’t put any effort in and you could tell that he didn’t care at all. I don’t understand how any Dolphins fans can be upset by this. There are two better receivers on the team in Wallace and Landry and it’s another deep draft at WR.

    I’ve never seen so much love for a guy coming off of a 474 yard season.

  11. This guy kept his mouth shut, supported his qb, worked his ars off, and when it counted he came up big… The total freakn opposite of wallace!!! Bad mistake bad mistake

  12. head1994 said “Let’s cut our two best WRs”.

    **Here are Hartline’s numbers this year:

    Receptions: 39

    Yards: 474

    TDs: 2

    **Now here’s our rookie WR, Jarvis Landry:

    Reception: 84

    Yards: 758

    TDs: 5

    Although I like Hartline – he’s overpaid and he had a terrible season. Hickey did a great job drafting and I’m hoping he continues to do so.

    Best of luck to Brian

  13. I would rather have kept Hartline at a better deal. He runs good routes and can make tough catches. Not a fast receiver but dependable. The Wallace deal coupled with his attitude is hurting the Dolphins.

    My team seems to do this every year. They create additional holes and fill about half of the total needs. Had speed/needed a big possession receiver so the got one but released the speed guy. Then got a new speed guy but traded the possession guy. Now they seem to be getting rid of the possession guy AND the speed guy.

    We will be left with Landry and a new guy. The #4 receiver is also a malcontent but with limited production. This off-season should have been about shoring up the middle of the defense but now we need to fix stuff on offense that wasn’t really broken but for a chappy diva attitude.
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    Quit whining about Wallace’s “attitude”. He wanted the football more and he wanted Tannehill to utilize (or at least try to) his biggest strength.

    Mike Wallace and Hartline apparently have a strong dislike for each other and Wallace was often upset with Hartline’s lack of effort this past season. If that’s “attitude”, then whatever, I’ll take it.

    Hopefully Hartline getting cut means Wallace stays put.

  14. Unless Danny Amendola (who’s in my book earned his contract after a very hard first year and a half) doesn’t take the pay cut NE is sure to ask him to take, NE will almost certainly take a look at this guy. If he was never dinged up, He’s almost the next evolution of Welker in terms of WR position…Welker = super short, super quick with short arms, not great top end speed but not slow by any means. Edelman = greater top end speed, very quick but maybe not quite as sudden as Welker. Still short but has longer arms, bigger hands and can make catches away from his body and every bit, if not more fearless. Threat to take it to the house. Hartline = little taller, little longer and more of a true traditional receiving threat but he’s been injured quite a bit. Tough guy…but beat to hell and maybe too long in the tooth.
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    The difference between Welker and Hartline is that BH isn’t a slot receiver.

    Hartline hasn’t been injured quite a bit. He’s probably been one of the more healthier players in the league in his career.

  15. I loved Hartline the 1st year, but after that I never saw any improvement.. He had a very productive year his 2nd and 3rd year because we had no talent and took advantage of that.. but he’s a 3rd or 4th WR in most teams… Let’s not kid ourselves… Nevertheless, I’m thankful for his service…

    Ps Hartline, you are a football player and you should act like such during your off-season… pump some iron, and improve your speed…

  16. Hartline sold out for this team. He caught almost everything thrown his way. Hard worker, and a great Dolphin. However his contract he signed was over anything he should have gotten. He had 1 year over 1000 yards.

    You have to blame the front office of Miami. Horrible every year.

    Another year without playoffs….uggghhh I’m a tortured Dolphin fan.

  17. Can Stephen Ross please sell and or relocate the Dolphins to another city in another state. Someplace for away. Then change the name, logo, colors and then strip the history and start completely over somewhere else.

    Let us citizens of south florida spend years hoping and praying that we get another team. then someday we might get a team that wants to relocate to the best climate in the country.

    Then we can put our hope in that team. Then that team (even if it’s a relocated Raiders team with the entire incompetent owner/management team in place) would inspire hope into this beaten down fanbase. That team I’m convinced (even if it’s 20 years down the road) will win before this giant pile of hot stuff that are and have been the dolphins over the past decade plus.

  18. So he is getting cut. Doesn’t mean that he won’t come back for less money. A common occurrence in the NFL.

    If he doesn’t return then best of luck to him.

  19. I’m a Patriots fan, so not that close to Hartline’s performance other than what I see a couple times a year…

    However he seemed like a decent/good slot type receiver – this and the Falcons releasing Harry Douglas earlier have me puzzled.

    Maybe teams are thinking that the WR rookie ramp up period is almost gone and that the shelf life for middle of the road receiver talent is now shortened.

  20. “I boggles my mind seeing player after play on some of these team restructure their contracts to give their team the best chance to win. Yet the Dolphins don’t get their guys (Wallace, Hartline, Gibson, Ellerbe) to restructure to better the team…smh”

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    Miami is expensive. You need a fast car for all those fast women.

  21. “Then we can put our hope in that team. Then that team (even if it’s a relocated Raiders team with the entire incompetent owner/management team in place) would inspire hope into this beaten down fanbase.”

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    Come now. You’ve had your Schula years winning the DIV every year with 12 wins like the Pats do now. There are fans out there who will never experience that. Take the Jets, for example.

  22. The right decision. Yes Hartline is a guy you’d like to keep, but he was due to make $5m+ this year, and he’s really not a TD threat at all. Sooner or later Miami was going to have to upgrade WR#2. Gibson may be next on the chopping block.

  23. realdealsteel says:
    Feb 27, 2015 10:28 AM
    So who’s going to catch the ball with no Wallace and no Hartline? And your QB is young and still developing too?

    No wonder the Dolphins remain the Patriots b*tch every year.

    Some of you that comment are hilarious because you have NO IDEA what you are talking about? To answer your question: Wallace is Staying, LANDRY, ClAY, MATHEWS, GIBSON (for now) and whoever they pick up in the draft? Yeah, Tanne is young and developing but this will be his 4th season in the league!

  24. I find it interesting when people keep talking about Wallace like he’s a consistent Pro Bowl caliber player.

    The dude has quit in his DNA. That makes him a cancer. I would have cut him long ago. This is another of Ireland’s mistakes and I’m fully aware of the cap implications, but you can’t win with guys like Mike Wallace. Certainly not the Dolphins who need the highest paid receiver in the NFL in 2014 to help put them over the top. He’s actually an anchor weighing them down.

    Ireland was desperate, signed him and it didn’t work out. Move on…..

  25. jchipwood- You are wrong! LANDRY has the best hands on the roster and fights for extra yards. Hartline would catch the ball and go right to the ground or on the rare case he would break free, He would trip over his own two feet

  26. Might be stuck with Wallace contract this year and having to possibly make it up Hartline’s contract. Like to see him back in 305 @ 3.5 million.

  27. also, All you Pats fans out there you cant compare Hartline to Welker or Amendola. Welker was a slot receiver with speed. Hartline is a Possession receiver. He has NO SPEED! Please keep that in mind!

  28. Good for them. It will take a few years to get out from under the mess the worst GM in sports put them in. Now if only they can find a QB

  29. Tweet from reporter Courtney Fallon as posted on a Pats fan site:

    “Have to say this from a reporter’s perspective. Once Brian Hartline got his money, his attitude changed. Completely. Ego through the roof.”

  30. I can see it coming Belechik and Brady are going to make a super star out of one of my favorite players and he’s going to come back to haunt us.

  31. Hartline was an awesome player, worked hard and produced.
    Seemed to disappear and pout, once Landry was drafted and earned the true slot position.

    Hartline was ranked #178 out of 300 players who caught the ball last year. That included, yards, receptions and YAC.

    Definitely not worth $6mil, when you produce similar receiving numbers to RB Bishop Sankey as a #2 WR.

    That said, I hope Hartline resigns with the Phins for 2 year dead worth $7 or $8 mil

  32. Guys stop getting so worked up about recievers. Did you watch the superbowl? Tell me the high priced recievers in that game. Spend that money somewhere else. Already paying wallace way too much. Dolphins have the most money tied into their recievers in the entire league. Thats not how you win.

  33. bkrog says:
    Feb 27, 2015 11:01 AM
    Hartline sold out for this team. He caught almost everything thrown his way. Hard worker, and a great Dolphin. However his contract he signed was over anything he should have gotten. He had 1 year over 1000 yards.

    You have to blame the front office of Miami. Horrible every year.

    Another year without playoffs….uggghhh I’m a tortured Dolphin fan.

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    I feel for you but, try being a Browns fan. Every year, every regime change we have to support a team with 0 QB’s & 0 WR’s (of any size or value). Do you have any idea on how “ecstatic” Browns fans would be with1 legitimate player at either position?

    I wonder if the homeless guy has done his research this year. 🙁

  34. Correction: Julian Edelman is ‘Minitron,’ because of his dynamic ability – as seen in the Super Bowl. We still love Wes Welker in New England, but his best days are behind him.

    Patriots would be interested in Hartline and Clay, if they are cut and the price is right. Wallace – not so much.

  35. Living in New England it’s hilarious watching the Dolphins self destruct every year – we don’t even have to beat them, they beat themselves.

  36. Hartline was a good team player but he never got us into the playoffs or had games that were game changers??? No. We had to make this move. This is not the same as the Welker deal. We didn’t trade him to NE. We let the guy go and now he controls his nxt move. I wish him the best!! Class act as a Fin. Let Hickey continue with making us a playoff contender. We have a QB and now need some play makers that can take us to the nxt level and beat the Belacheats.

  37. This guy can play and will produce for a team that knows how to use him. If the Pats weren’t stocked in this area they’d give him a look – still might if they end up cutting Amendola.

  38. Danny Amendola will likely be cut by New England to create more cap space and Brain Hartline looks like a great replacement at a better price.

  39. Do you have any idea what his numbers will be with BRADY? Are you kidding me? HIM and JE on opposite sides of the field….and gronk running the seam or post? HOLY CRAP BATMAN!!!

  40. This is just plain stupid on the Dolphins part. Cut him and he will either take Amandola place with the Patriots OR welkers place with Denver. JUST GIVE the Pats or Broncos ANOTHER strong WR to use….gezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  41. of all the wr free agents the pats could sign…i would put brian hartline closer to the bottom of that list….imagine more of a scenario where brandon marshall or andre johnson get cut because they’re cap casualties and take a one year deal to come to the pats and play for the GOAT en route to one for the thumb!

  42. I have to laugh at all the ignorant comments. People are funny. Unless you watch a player play week in and week out you probably should keep your uneducated comments to yourself. This is a no brainer move for the Fins for multiple reasons. Funny how many people that must only know Madden Xbox think this is a bad move.

  43. Julian Edelman and Brian Hartline come nowhere near Wes Welker. Come on. Just because they’re are all white, right? Lol.

    He’ll go to Cleveland with Ted Ginn and Donte Whitner…washed-up OSU alums.

    (Miami really has issues with WR’s huh…Welker, Marshall, Wallace, Hartline…can’t seem to keep any of them, or really even figure out how to use them.)

  44. “We have a quarterback and now need some play makers to take us to the next level.” The next level? Dolphins fans are either loyal to a fault or delusional. The Bills are a bigger threat to the Patriots than the Dolphins! Good thing the Jets are rebuilding – again.

  45. LOL the next “Wes Welker”. Sometimes I wonder if you people even watch football. Hartline is a middle of the road wide receiver who was a safety valve for Ryan Tannehill year one. He can run the out route. He is a good guy. He works hard. He is not and never will be Wes Welker. The Dolphins had Hartline and Gibson. Same receiver, different pay scale.

  46. “You can come to MN for 3 mil a year.”

    Lolz

    Minny, where players go to fade into obscurity.

  47. This just clears the way for them to draft Devante Parker, which in my opinion will be a huge upgrade and probably help Wallace’s numbers by spreading the defense out more.

  48. @A$$hatdoublebase says:
    Feb 27, 2015 12:40 PM

    Living in New England it’s hilarious watching the Dolphins self destruct every year – we don’t even have to beat them, they beat themselves.
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    Does 33-20 on 9/7/14 sound familiar? As a Pats fan you should know better. smh

  49. So who’s going to catch the ball with no Wallace and no Hartline? And your QB is young and still developing too?

    No wonder the Dolphins remain the Patriots b*tch every year.

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    Once your precious Brady retires, tannehill will be the best qb in the afc east hands down and maybe even the afc as a whole
    Phin up!!

  50. Well perhaps those members of the Dolphins brain trust are not insane after all the chatter about releasing Mike Wallace. Brian was not productive enough for his salary, so they released the right guy. Good move to free up some $$$. Draft and go to free agency to get a receiver to catch the Tannehill short passes.

  51. phinphanatic69 says: Feb 27, 2015 3:47 PM

    Once your precious Brady retires, tannehill will be the best qb in the afc east hands down and maybe even the afc as a whole
    Phin up!!
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    Garoppolo has at least as good a chance to be the best QB in the AFC east (and maybe the whole AFC) after Brady retires, and will have the benefit of a much better coaching staff and learning from Brady until that day comes.

  52. OK all you Haters and Trolls. You brag how great your Teams front office is about Contracts and Personnel, but this is a classic and glaring situationthat had to happen. Hartline is a good guy and has been productive, but his YAC sucks and Landry blew him away for playing time! He is also expendable because his contract is too much for his output. He is a Cap casualty like the Patriots, Steelers and Seahawks fans boast. We have to pay the Piper and you can’t keep everyone. Keep in mind all these guys were contracts from the former Jeff Ireland regime. We are doing what we have to do to correct the sins of the past. The thing about the Dolphins is the reputation is bad and we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Worry about your own Teams, because we may be terrible, but some how can still beat the above mentioned teams. Go figure

  53. Dolphins fans. Here is the only fact that counts. The Dolphins went 8-8 for the second straight year in 2014 and have missed the playoffs in each of the last six years.
    chiadan may be right, the way they are dumping receivers and the news that they are trying to trade Wallace, maybe “the dolphins don’t plan throwing the ball in 2015. Ever.”
    If what happened on 9/7/14 is all that Dolphin fans have to cheer about, good luck. But its the end result – where you finish when the regular season is over that counts, not one game at the beginning of the season.

  54. I see a lot of NE fans hoping for our talent to come there. That tells me you suck in evaluating a draft and need other teams efforts in developing players and scouting. Name the last time you had a true wide reliever you drafted and do not put Gronk in the category. WOW your Pats really suck in the scouting dept.

  55. When you have the youngest roster to won the Super Bowl, you must be doing some right. Part of it is signing complementary free agents. While they may not have been successful drafting wide receivers – BTW, Julian Edelman was a Patriot draft choice, and he’s better than anyone the Dolphins have – its building the complete roster 1 -53 that makes a team; and no one does it better. Regardless, in the final analysis, its winning that we worry about in New England.

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