We've heard a lot of the 'playmaker' word from Ireland recently on both sides of the ball - for the moment though I'm just going to look at the WR end of playmaking.
And for me... playmaking = productivity and one of our biggest weaknesses this past season was our WR corp getting in the end zone.
Now, I really like Hartline as a WR... good player, nice routes, pretty good hands and does make some acrobatic sideline efforts also... however, to me in the overall picture of top level WR productivity he's only a 'nice' player and therefore in my view is not worth the money he's reportedly after.
In looking at the productivity of Hartline versus the big 3, I've looked at Avg and TD:Catch ratio
Wallace 235 - 17.2 - 32td TD:Catch = 1:7.3
Jennings 425 - 15.4 - 53td TD:Catch = 1:8.01
Bowe 415 - 13.8 - 39td TD:Catch = 1:10.6
Hartine 183 - 15.0 - 6td TD:Catch = 1:30.5
Facts speak for themselves really.
So, question is - if some of us here who are saying that we could be targeting at least one of the big 3 FA's... do we let Hartline go and use those monies along with some more from the pot of CAP available and to try and grab a 2nd?
Oh, and I'd look to go after DeAndre Hopkins in the 2nd round... kid could be that explosive 3rd WR and he clearly can produce when the pressure is on, not only in the bowl game but considering Sammy Watkins was out early on, the pressure really was on him and he produced big time.
EDIT - oops, put it in the wrong forum - MOD's feel free to shift. Ta.