The Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Brian Hartline have made “no significant progress” on an extension yet, according to RotoWorld.com
The 26-year old had a breakout season in 2012, collecting 74 catches for 1,083 yards in Miami. Hartline established himself as quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s favorite target, as Miami went 7-9 and finished 2nd in the AFC East.
Hartline is believed to be looking for a contract similar to the one that Jacksonville gave Laurent Robinson, which was for $32.5 million over five years.
Although the price tag is a little expensive, it would be in Miami’s best interest to bring back their most productive wideout. Although he was not as productive as fellow rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson, Tannehill flashed some of his potential this season, and Hartline was a big part of that.
With the Dolphins likely to lose running back Reggie Bush, it’s in the franchise’s best interest to surround their franchise quarterback with as many weapons as possible. That means re-siging Hartline, possibly at the expense of left tackle Jake Long, and then drafting a wide receiver with the 12th overall selection in the draft.
Miami should focus their efforts on re-signing Hartline and drafting a wideout such as Cal’s Keenan Allen or Tennessee’s Coradelle Patterson in the first round. Although they may lose Long to free agency, the team can plug in second-year player Jonathan Martin to protect Tannehill’s blind side. With Hartline, a first-round wideout, and an attacking defense in Miami, don’t be surprised to see the Dolphins make a run in what looks to be a weak AFC next season.