Dolphins keep Brian Hartline off free agent market with five-year extension

Brian McIntyre
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The Miami Dolphins have kept wide receiver Brian Hartline off the free agent market by reaching agreement on a five-year deal worth $30.775 million, Mike Florio of reports.

According to Florio, the deal includes $12.5 million in fully guaranteed money.

The 6-foot-2, 186-pound Hartline led the Dolphins with 74 receptions for 1,083 yards in 2012, his most productive season in Miami since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Hartline briefly led the NFL in receiving yards early last season, though that was largely due to a 12-catch, 253-yard performance in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

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Hartline's production would decrease over the remainder of the season -- his lone touchdown came in that loss to the Cardinals -- and he would finish the season 33rd among wide receivers in Football Outsiders' DYAR (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement).

In 60 career games, including 38 starts, Hartline has caught 183 passes for 2,753 yards and six touchdowns.

The $6.155 million-per-year average and $12.5 million in guarantees on Hartline's extension reflects the No. 2 role he is expected to have with the Dolphins moving forward. Those figures are similar to what the San Diego Chargers paid Robert Meachem ($6.375 million per year, $14 million in guarantees) last offseason to be the No. 2 receiver opposite Malcom Floyd. The Dolphins, who are flush with cap room, are one of the teams that is expected to make a run at Pittsburgh Steelers free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, a field-stretching deep threat who is could land a deal in the $12-14 million per year range with over $25 million in guaranteed money.

In addition to Hartline, Jeff Darlington of reports the Dolphins have re-signed backup quarterback Matt Moore.

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