The Miami Dolphins are one of the teams in the NFL that will be holding nothing back once the free agency period begins on March 12. The Dolphins’ main goal heading into free agency is to vastly upgrade the wide receiver with no shortage of talented players set to hit the open market.
Reportedly, along with potentially pursuing big-names Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace, the Dolphins will also be keeping one of their best receivers on the team for the long-term. Miami is close to re-signing wideout Brian Hartline to a new deal according to Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com:
A source told FOXSports.com that Brian Hartline and the Dolphins are nearing agreement on a contract that would keep the wide receiver from hitting the free-agent market. The multiyear deal would average between $6 million and $6.5 million a season, the source said.
In 2012, Hartline experienced a breakout season with the Dolphins catching a career-high 74 passes for 1,083 yards and a touchdown. Although not all that impressive in the touchdown category with only one to his credit over the course of the 2012 campaign, Hartline has proven his worth to the Dolphins franchise and will likely be around for the long-term with this new deal.
With Hartline back in the fold and the potential signing of Jennings and or Wallace, the Dolphins will have a formidable receiving corps heading into next season. Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed signs of promise in his rookie season prompting the team’s front office to consider big moves during the off-season in order to take the Dolphins to the next level in 2013.
It remains to be seen whether or not Jennings and or Wallace will be headed to Miami once free agency begins next week, but at this point in time it seems as though the team is leaning towards Wallace as their top free agent target moving forward.