MIAMI (AP) — Receiver Brian Hartline has been released by the Miami Dolphins in the wake of a severe drop-off in productivity last season.
Hartline was due to make $5.9 million in 2015, the third year of a $30.8 million, five-year deal he signed in 2013.
He started every game last season but had only 39 catches for 474 yards and two scores. He has spent his entire six-year career with Miami was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2012 and 2013.
Hartline’s salary cap hit this year was $7.35 million. His release Friday clears cap space as the Dolphins prepare for free agency beginning March 10.
The Dolphins are still weighing whether to keep their other starting receiver, Mike Wallace, who has three years left on a $60 million, five-year contract.