Hartline, Wallace, Bess, Matthews, Draft Pick
My thoughts on Hartline are simple: Yes, he was our best receiver this past season. He got into the endzone once. ONCE! I respect his work ethic. No question. And I do believe he'd be slightly more productive if he had better players to take the focus off of him. Problem is, I don't feel like his production would go up enough to warrant paying him $5-$6 million per season. Hartline has never been able to find the endzone in his four seasons with Miami. That is troubling. And I can't see throwing that kind of money at him. We could use that $5-$6 million on more productive players. He has decent speed, but not enough to be a great YAC guy. And he lacks the height to make a difference in the red zone. There are way too many questions about Hartline to invest a big chunk of our cap on him. I hope we do allow him to test the market and we can re-sign him for $3 - $4 million. He's not even that great of a number 2 to be honest. If we could sign Wallace or Jennings (or both), draft a solid receiver or two, I can realistically see us let Hartline walk. No disrespect for how hard he works. He's just NOT a game changer. And that is what this team needs.
I say resign him. If we don't the Patriots will. He would be Wes Welker's replacement. I think that Tannehill needs Hartline back because he developed a trust with him. Hartline was open with no help on the other side. Put him in an O with weapons and he have much better numbers
I have seen reports about Baltimore possibly releasing Boldin. Any idea what he would want from a 2-3 year contract? I would love to see him across from Jennings or Wallace with a couple of young draftees waiting in the wings. Maybe Bailey and Wheaton? Is this realistic?
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If we got Wallace, I would not have a problem with it, but think there are better ways to go.
Jennings and Bowe will both want upward of 8-10 million so why not just pay Wallace what he's asking? There aren't many players capable of doing what Wallace has done and he's only going to get better. He's 26, the fastest player in the league and a instant game changer. If you resign Hartline for 4 million a year and pay Wallace what he wants you solidify the WR position for years to come. That is assuming you draft a WR early in the draft.
Again, Brian Hartline is nowhere near the same WR as Wallace. Speed or not it's just two completely different wideouts.