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Brian Hartline | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
College: Ohio State
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ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Brian Hartline to lead the Browns in receiving this season.
This is an indictment on the Browns passing game, and not a reason to upgrade Hartline. Dwayne Bowe hasn't practiced since August 5, leaving Hartline as Josh McCown's top target. Hartline remains unlikely to come into WR4 value. Aug 12 - 4:37 PM

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Browns coach Mike Pettine said all WR Brian Hartline does is get open and catch the ball.

Unfortunately for Pettine, Hartline's catches rarely happen in the end zone. He has 12 TD receptions in six seasons in the league and does not possess the playmaking ability the Browns' passing game desperately needs. With Dwayne Bowe manning the opposite side, Andrew Hawkins in the slot and a mess at quarterback, the Browns should lean heavily on their running game this season.
Jun 6 - 11:55 AM

Brian Hartline is expected to start even if the Browns use a high draft pick on a receiver.

Bridge quarterback Josh McCown will have Dwayne Bowe and Hartline on the outside with Andrew Hawkins in the slot. It's not a recipe for fantasy production. The erratic McCown has only had success with Marc Trestman and Hartline has scored 12 touchdowns in 69 career NFL starts. The Browns, who selected zero wideouts last year in arguably the greatest WR class ever, would do well to get with the program this year. The 2015 wideout class is strong once again.
Mar 23 - 11:31 AM

Browns signed WR Brian Hartline to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Hartline comes back home after growing up in Ohio and playing his called ball for the Buckeyes. As the Browns' depth chart currently stands, Hartline looks like the default No. 1 receiver. It's his best possible landing spot from a playtime standpoint, but we don't envision fantasy success. He also drew interest from the Chiefs, Bears, Texans, and Patriots after the Dolphins released him.
Mar 9 - 7:42 PM

The Chiefs are interested in free agent Brian Hartline.

Add another to the mix for the suddenly-popular Hartline. He seems to be a perfect fit for the Chiefs, as Hartline doesn't score TDs and can contribute as a perimeter run blocker. Hartline has a healthy market but should come cheap. The Patriots, Texans, Browns, and Bears are also in on him.
Mar 6 - 11:01 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports free agent Brian Hartline would take less money to play with Tom Brady, but would require "more" to play with Josh McCown or Texans free agent Ryan Mallett.

Hartline was overpaid for years in Miami, so he's apparently comfortable scaling back a bit if it means a shot at winning. Hartline's career would threaten to sink into the abyss if he aligned himself with McCown, while it could acquire new life with Brady.
Mar 5 - 4:06 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Patriots have "shown interest" in free agent Brian Hartline.

Hartline is not an exciting name, but is a competent target on the outside. That's something the Patriots have made a habit of lacking. Hartline is visiting the Texans on Thursday, and has also drawn interest from the Bears and Browns.
Mar 5 - 1:59 PM

Free agent WR Brian Hartline is meeting with the Texans on Thursday.

He's also met with the Bears and Browns. Replacing Andre Johnson with Hartline would be cruel to Texans fans, though that's now become a real possibility. Hartline makes the most sense in Cleveland, a team he has ties to from growing up in nearby Canton. Hartline's decision is expected to come in the next 24 hours.
Mar 5 - 10:53 AM

Free agent WR Brian Hartline is scheduled to visit the Bears.

Per PFT's Mike Florio, Hartline plans to make a decision on his next team within 24 hours. Since he's only visited the Browns and now is on his way to the Bears, he'll likely land with one of them. His best shot at playing time is probably with Cleveland, whereas he'd at best be the No. 3 or 4 receiver in Chicago.
Mar 4 - 8:40 AM

Free agent WR Brian Hartline is visiting the Browns Tuesday.

The Dolphins cut Hartline and his bloated salary on Friday, giving him a head-start on free agency. It's not a surprise the Browns are interested as they currently sport a league-worst wideout depth chart topped by Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin and Taylor Gabriel. Pass-catching tight end Jordan Cameron is also a free agent. The 28-year-old Hartline is mediocre at best, but he has local ties and would bring a bit of veteran stability. The fit makes sense.
Mar 3 - 8:13 AM

Dolphins released WR Brian Hartline.

A low-ceiling receiver who is allergic to the end zone, Hartline bottomed out with a miserable 2014 season (39 catches for 474 yards in 16 games). It would have been preposterous for Miami to keep him at his $5.9 million salary. Hartline has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons on his resume, but he's a complementary receiver at best. Hartline's departure makes the Dolphins more likely to keep Mike Wallace and gives another boost to second-year slot WR Jarvis Landry. Still only 28, Hartline could be a starter on a team like the Browns. He also happens to be from Canton (OH) and played college football at Ohio State.
Feb 27 - 10:19 AM

The Dolphins can save $5.95M in cap space by designating Brian Hartline as a post-June 1 cut.

Doing so would leave behind $1.4M in dead money in 2015, the ramifications of a bloated five-year, $30.7M deal handed to Hartline in March of 2013. Perhaps the more logical move is to negotiate a pay-cut that puts him more in line with other No. 3 and 4 receivers around the league. It's unclear if agent Drew Rosenhaus and his client are willing to accept that.
Jan 12 - 8:51 AM

Brian Hartline caught five balls for 94 yards in the Dolphins' Week 17 loss to the Jets.

Hartline entered this one coming off back-to-back goose eggs. He finishes the season with 39 receptions, 474 yards, and two touchdowns. Although Hartline played a lot of snaps in first-year OC Bill Lazor's offense, his passing-game role was deservedly reduced. Owed nearly $6 million in 2015, Hartline seems like a long shot to return to the Dolphins, particularly after the emergence of rookie Jarvis Landry.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Brian Hartline was held catch-less in Week 16.

Hartline dropped a pass on the first offensive snap of the game and wasn't targeted again. He will likely be a candidate for offseason release.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Brian Hartline was held without a catch on two targets in Miami's Week 15 loss to the Patriots.

One of Hartline's missed connections was a deep ball he lost in the sun. Hartline has three catches for 20 yards over his past three games.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 06:13:00 PM

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QB1Josh McCown
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4Thad Lewis
5Pat Devlin
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Terrance West
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Terrance West
FB1Malcolm Johnson
2Manasseh Garner
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Terrelle Pryor
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Josh Lenz
5Shane Wynn
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Jim Dray
3Rob Housler
4E.J. Bibbs
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons
2Carey Spear