Brian Hartline's decision will be based, in part, on the salary versus the quarterback he'll be playing with. The Browns will most likely start 12-year veteran Josh McCown this season, and the Texans might start Ryan Mallett. The Bears have Pro Bowler Jay Cutler, although they haven't committed to him in 2015, and the Patriots obviously have a future Hall of Famer in Tom Brady.
Brian Hartline, a fourth round draft pick from Ohio State who has spent six seasons in Miami, was in line for his first real payday. The one year that he needed production was in 2014. Brian only caught 39 passes for 474 yards and two TD's. The two previous years, he had averaged 75 catches and over 1,000 yards in receiving, becoming only the fifth Miami Dolphins' receiver to record back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. His 2014 salary was $714,000.00, and Brian was slated to make $5.9 million this season.
A lot can happen, but definitely feel at the moment that Brian Hartline will be better w/o the Dolphins than vice versa.
The New England Patriots love those "possession" receivers. Brian Hartline isn't a star, but a dependable receiver who can move the chains. He is another low-risk, high reward wide receiver that the Miami Dolphins giftwrapped for their AFC East foes.
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.