The Miami Dolphins have released wide receiver Brian Hartline. This news comes courtesy of Drew Rosenhaus, Hartline's agent. Hartline was scheduled to make $7.35 million in 2015 and based off his performance last season in Bill Lazor's offense, it seemed inevitable that his release would only be a matter of time.
After catching over 1,000 yards in both 2012 and 2013 in Mike Sherman's offense, Hartline only had 474 receiving yards in 2014. Hartline was the definition of a possession receiver - catching many passes but always struggling to find the end zone. In fact, he only has 12 touchdowns in his six years with the Dolphins.
Since the cut was made before the new league year begins on March 10, the Dolphins cannot designate this as a post-June 1 cut. Instead, they will incur a cap hit of $4.2 million this season and will save $3.2 million of his $7.4 million dollar salary. After this season, his salary will no longer be on the books.
It is not known if this will play a factor into whether the Dolphins keep Mike Wallace. It has been reported within inner circles that the future of Hartline and Brandon Gibson would depend on what happened with Wallace. Wallace has refused to re-structure his contract so the Dolphins may end up keeping him, but that isn't known at this time.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs