Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins appear ready to begin rebuilding the wide receiver corps around Brian Hartline.
According to FoxSports.com, Hartline and the Dolphins are reportedly closing in on an agreement on a long-term contract extension that would keep Hartline with the Fins. The contract, according to FoxSports.com, would average between $6 and $6.5 million per year.
The Dolphins are working hard to lock up Hartline before he can hit unrestricted free agency on Saturday. The former Ohio State Buckeye developed solid chemistry with quarterback Ryan Tannehill last year on his way to a career best 74 catches for 1,083 yards.
Still, Hartline had the same problem every other receiver has had for the Dolphins in recent years; he couldn’t get into the end zone. Despite the yards and catches, Hartline managed just one touchdown last season.
If the Fins can come to terms with Hartline, it will still leave the team in need of more receiving help. The free agency class lost Dwayne Bowe on Monday and will likely revolve around former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace.
It’s believed Wallace wants a contract similar to the one given to Vincent Jackson last season, which would put Wallace in the neighborhood of up to $12 million per season. Wallace would give the Dolphins a true speed/deep threat the team has lacked in recent years.