It's obvious that Miami assumed that Hartline being in a contract year would produce with Bess, Matthews, and Egnew producing. This is why they stayed put at WR. But he wasn't as impressive as they had envisioned. He had one great game and then went meh...so "meh, let's replace him with a Jennings or Wallace" thinks Ireland.
I can see where most are coming from but lets not forget the kind of offseason Hartline had prior to this year and how productive he was. Is it possible he could get better now that he can actually work this offseason? Maybe not but I think it's something to think about.
The way Jeff Ireland took a GM's dream worth of cap space and draft picks and made the team worse in borderline miraculous.
#1. I think more teams will be looking for WRs than 2 in the first round. Starting at Buffalo, Jets, Chargers, Dolphins, Panthers, Rams all have a need for WR and that's just in the top 20. I could see as many as 4 WR taken in round 1.
#2. Depending on your system Allen could very well be your #1 WR on the board. If your a West Coast offense like Miami it's very possible you view Keenan as a better fit than Patterson.
Dont get me wrong I would be the happiest man in Columbus if Miami got an Ansah then Allan in the 2nd. I just don't find it very likely.
Why don't just let hartline and his 6 million walk, but that towards a productive FA TE.
Trade or release Bess and his salary.
Sign Jennings (yeah a bit on the older side, but perfect fit and mentor for this system).
Draft Patterson at 12 (needs seasoning, but we need some paymakers, he fits the bill).
Follow that up with pretty sure bets in Stedman Bailey in the 2nd and Swopes in the 3rd.
Jennings, Patterson, Bailey, Swopes, Matthews, binn/tyms/fuller
With a Keller/Cook/Bennett at TE is pretty solid.
In 2011, Hartline was only thrown to 10 times in the Red Zone, not the End Zone, with 3 catches and a TD. So, my take would be that of the 7 targets not caught, maybe 2-3 were in the End Zone and not catch-able. Hard to fault someone for something he had no chance to do. I could not find the 2012 stats.
We all know that we went mostly to Marshall on the end zone before but. I don't remember going to Hartline much at all last year. This is confusing because he has made some great catches in traffic on the sidelines.
If we just go by TD's, do we also need to replace Bess, who also had 1 last year? Do we definitely want to keep Fasano who had 5 last year, and in 2011, with or without Marshall?
Another thought would be Hartline playing in the slot. I'm sure he would do very well, and add some speed over Bess.