Disclaimer: We like Brian Hartline.
However, we believe that Hartline’s 1,000 yard season was brought about by circumstance. He was the de facto #1 wideout on a sad receiving corps. Hartline received 128 targets and had a lone touchdown. The players immediately above and below him in the target column had 10, 9 and 9 TDs respectively.
Hartline has good hands, and has value, but his contract year numbers were inflated to an extent that he seems destined to be overpaid. Will he be overpaid in South Florida is the question. For our money Jennings, Wallace, Bowe or Harvin, Bess as the slot WR jedi, and Top WR Prospect X makes the most sense as our 1,2,3, given the other contracts/players we need to negotiate with. This is a deep year for WRs, even if there’s no obvious top 10 guy.
If we bring in a legit #1 and re-sign Hartline, look for him to be the highest paid 700yd 2TD wideout in the league. And again, we like the guy. But he was playing at the same level in 2011. 2010 even. Circumstances sent a lot more balls his way this year, and he performed admirably.
Just not $5-$6million per year admirably.
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