The Miami Dolphins were one of a few teams expected to make big moves this offseason, but nobody could have expected them to spend as much money on wide receiver Brian Hartline as they did.
Hartline and the Dolphins agreed to a five-year deal worth over $30 million this week that guarantees the wide receiver $12.5 million as well. Sure, Hartline may have been the team’s top option in the passing game last year after catching 74 passes for 1,083 yards and just one touchdown, but to pay him this much money after just one season is a poor investment on Miami’s end.
When looking at the list of wide receivers that will be available in free agency, there are plenty of other big-name wide receivers like Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace the Dolphins could have easily put more money towards if they were interested in joining the team. Miami has every right to want to be big spenders considering how much money they had available in salary cap space, but there’s no doubt they’re overpaying Hartline when looking at his career numbers.
The fact that 2012 was Hartline’s first time in four seasons breaking the 1,000-yard mark shows where he stands compared to the other wide receivers in the NFL and it should be even more of a concern that he only found the end zone once. The Dolphins had every reason in the world to want to bring Hartline back–but they’re getting robbed in this steal when it comes to the type of money they’re paying him.
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