Drew Rosenhaus (per James Walker) mentioned during an interview with Joe Rose that the Dolphins, Chiefs, Browns, and Texans are all among the available options for his client, free agent WR Brian Hartline.
The Bears and Patriots have also come up as potential options for Hartline, so it looks like he has a pretty strong market right now.
However, Cabot adds that if Hartline were to sign with either the Browns or Texans, it would obviously require more money to be included in his next contract.
Hartline is reportedly mulling opportunities with Browns, Patriots, Texans and Bears as of now.
- Salguero adds that a return to the Dolphins could still be a possibility.
Pro Football Talk reported earlier in the day that Hartline is visiting with the Houston Texans on Thursday and an agreement between the two parties is a “real possibility.”
Hartline has already visited with the Bears and Browns since he was cut loose, so he’s clearly moving quickly to find his next team.
With Andre Johnson not expected to be back in Houston, there’s no question that they will need to add more depth at receiver. However, it’s not as though Hartline and Johnson have a similar skill set, so they could still look for a larger receiver option in either free agency or the draft.
Hartline, 28, still had another three years remaining on his five-year, $30.775 million contract when he was released. The move freed up $3.15 million available cap space for the Dolphins.
In 2014, Hartline appeared in all 16 games and caught 39 passes for 474 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated Hartline as the No. 103 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.