Miami Dolphins Need to Be Careful With New Deal For Brian Hartline

By Dan Parzych
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The Miami Dolphins have plenty of areas in need of improvement this offseason as they look to build off Ryan Tannehill‘s first season under center as the rookie helped the team finish with a 7-9 record in 2012. One of the biggest areas in need of improvement is the passing game and while the team seems to have their mind set on working out a new deal with Brian Hartline–they need to be extra cautious when it comes to how much money they’re willing to spend on the wide receiver.

Hartline has been asking for a contract from the Dolphins that would pay him around $6 million per season–which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he led the team in receiving last year with 74 catches for 1,083 yards. However, when looking at some of the other key free agent wide receiver that will be on the market, Miami should think twice about paying Hartline that much money when there’s plenty of other great talent they could go after.

Between Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace, there’s no debate the Dolphins would prefer one of these star wide receivers over Hartline in a heartbeat–so there’s no reason to rush to a new deal just yet. Hartline may have shown potential at times during the 2012 season, but keep in mind the limited options Miami had in the passing game and it’s no surprise to see the wideout display the type of production that he did.

The last thing Miami wants to do is see Hartline fail to live up to the money he’s earning–so let’s hope they’re smart about the decision when the time comes.

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