A source with knowledge of the situation tells Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post that the Dolphins want to go “heavy on offense” in this year’s NFL draft and are considering their options at running back and wide receiver.
Interestingly enough, Abramson’s source mentioned that if the Dolphins were to draft a receiver, it would likely lead to Miami parting ways with veteran WR Brian Hartline after the 2014 season.
According Abramson, Miami could take a receiver as high as round two and specifically mentions Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks and FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin as two guys they would have interest in. However, it’s unlikely that either player would be available to them in round two.
Hartline, 27, signed a five-year, $30.775 million contract that includes $12.5 million guaranteed. He has four years remaining on this deal, but Abramson points out that they could free up $4 million by releasing Hartline after the season.
In the past two years, Hartline has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with over 70 receptions.
As things stand tight now, Hartline is the Dolphins No. 2 receiver, so it would be surprising to see them part ways with a guy who has been productive for them in recent years, even if they could use some cap space.