Browns agree to terms with Hartline
BEREA, Ohio– The Browns got a head start on free agency.
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver and Ohio State Buckeye Brian Hartline is returning home and will be joining the Browns. The Browns confirmed that Hartline has agreed to terms to Fox Sports Ohio and will announce it officially on Tuesday. The deal is reportedly for two years and around $6 million.
Last week, the Browns signed quarterback Josh McCown. Both McCown and Hartline were able to sign prior to the official opening of free agency because they were released from their previous teams.
Hartline, 28, had met with the Browns last week and visited several other teams after being released by the Dolphins in a cost-cutting move last week. Hartline visited the Bears who were also trying to sign him. The Dolphins were hoping to re-structure his contract and bring him back.
Hartline, who played his high school football at Canton GlenOak was a fourth-round draft choice of the Dolphins in 2009.
Hartline had 39 receptions for 474 yards in 2014 after posting back-to-back seasons of over 70 receptions and 1,000 yards. He had 76 catches for 1,016 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.
The Browns top receiver in 2014 was Andrew Hawkins with 63 receptions for 824 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Gordon is suspended for the 2015 season.