Cleveland Browns sign WR Brian Hartline

Hartline was one of the worst wide receivers in the NFL in 2014, which led to his release from the Dolphins, a move that saved Miami 5.95 million in cash and 3.15 million on the cap. Hartline played all 16 games, but caught just 39 passes in 2014. He caught just 39 passes for 474 yards and 2 touchdowns on 62 attempts (62.9%) and 490 routes run, an average of 0.99 yards per route run. He was also Pro Football Focus’ 103rd ranked wide receiver out of 110 eligible.

However, he graded out above average in both 2012 and 2013, putting up 1000+ yard seasons in both of those years. Only going into his age 29 season, Hartline has a good chance to bounce back in 2015. He’s not that athletic, but he’s big, sure handed, and a good route runner. The Browns are paying just 6 million over 2 years with just 1.5 million guaranteed, which isn’t very much money. He could prove to be a nice buy low signing for a team with a big need at wide receiver.

Grade: A




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