The speculation can officially come to an end regarding the immediate future of wide receiver Brian Hartline with the Miami Dolphins agreeing to sign the veteran to a five-year deal according to Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel as of March 8:
Hartline bypassed free agency Friday, signing a five-year, $30.7 million contract ($12.5 million guaranteed) to remain with the Dolphins. Hartline said free agency would have been more "lucrative" but he said taking less money is an indication of his excitement about the team's future.
The Dolphins re-signing Hartline always seemed to be in the teams plans after the wideout eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career. Hartline was also able to record a career-high 74 catches in 2012 while proving his worth to the team before heading into free agency.
With Hartline locked up for the next five years, the team will concentrate on bringing in another wideout to add the receiving corps in Miami. The Dolphins have made former Pittsburgh Steelers standout Mike Wallace their top target in free agency and will also consider signing Greg Jennings formerly of the Green Bay Packers.
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