Buffalo Bills Rumors: Brian Hartline Option At WR


As we ever so slowly approach the free agency period, beginning on March 10 with an open negotiation period on starting on March 7th, each day more free agents become available to take a peek at.

Although not finalized yet, the Miami Dolphins have announced that they will be cutting wide receiver Brian Hartline.  He is scheduled to be released today at some point based on a report from his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

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

Brian Hartline is a veteran receiver that is only 28 and does provide an upside.  He has hit over 1000 yards receiving in prior years, 2012 and 2013.  He had an off year this past year only grabbing 474 yards even though he started in all 16 games.

Brian Hartline was the lowest graded receiver for the Miami Dolphins this past year receiving a grade of -9.5 as an overall grade.  In 2013, Hartline was the top graded receiver for the Dolphins with an +8.4 and in 2012 he was still in the positive with a grade of +3.5.

Brian Hartline will most likely be looking for some money as a free agent, as he was due a base salary of 5.9 million this coming year, so price-wise, depending, he might not be an affordable option for the Buffalo Bills and their receiving corps, but I think if he is low enough, the Bills should take a look at him as the only receivers that the Buffalo Bills have on their roster right now are Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.

With limited weapons at the wide receiver position, the Bills should be looking to bring in a veteran that is not overpriced to add some experienced depth to the other members of the group.  With Woods and Marquise Goodwin the most experienced receivers on the corps, and Goodwin really a return man, they could use some veteran leadership as well as someone else that can produce down the field.

Between Hartline and Jacoby Jones, if they both were asking the same price, I would bring in Brian Hartline before Jones in a heartbeat.

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