Miami Dolphins Signing Brian Hartline to Reported Deal Shows Team is Headed In Right Direction

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The Miami Dolphins have been a long-suffering franchise in the NFL. The last time the ‘Phins showed any real relevance, Dan Marino was still slinging footballs and peddling Isotoners. But now, ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Miami has signed wide receiver Brian Hartline to a new 5-year, $30.775 million deal.

It looks like the Dolphins are finally staring to take themselves seriously again.

Hartline, who has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Dolphins, had a breakout season in 2012, leading the team in receiving while catching 74 passes for 1,083 yards. Although he only managed one touchdown all season, Hartline was an important target for Dolphins rookie QB Ryan Tannehill.

The new deal solidifies an important part of the Miami offense, as the chemistry between Tannehill and Hartline grew as the season progressed. Having a dependable receiver who you know you can look to is a huge confidence builder for a young quarterback, and Hartline gave the Dolphins exactly that.

With the Dolphins most likely losing RB Reggie Bush, they needed to make sure that at least part of last season’s offensive successes was retained, so signing Hartline to a new deal had to be a priority. In a Week 4 loss against the Arizona Cardinals, he broke a long standing Miami franchise record for receiving yards in a single game with 253 yards. Hartline called the record “bittersweet”.

After that week 4 record-breaking game, Hartline led the NFL in receiving yards, and eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards, becoming only the eighth receiver in Miami Dolphins franchise history reach that milestone. Considering some of the receivers that the Dolphins have seen come through their doors, that is no small feat.

Terms of the reported deal have not yet been disclosed.

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Michael Collins is a Rant Sports Senior NFL Writer, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook


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