Dec 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (82) catches a pass against Buffalo Bills defensive back Justin Rogers (26) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Miami won 24-10. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins Closing In On Hartline Contract

The Miami Dolphins are getting ready to make Brian Hartline a richer man.  According to multiple reports the Dolphins and the team leading 2012 WR are getting closer on a deal that will keep Hartline in Miami.  The question will be how much and for how long.

It was reported earlier that Hartline was seeking a deal that would pay him in the 6 to 6.5 million dollar range and will likely cover three years with a team option for year four.  While terms of the deal won’t likely be known immediately if and when a contract is agreed upon, the latest rumors indicate that it will indeed be in the 6 million dollar ballpark.

If that does in fact turn out to be true, it will be more interesting to see how creative Dawn Aponte, the Dolphins cap tactician can get.  We can expect a low base salary in year one with a signing bonus that will be somewhere between 6 and 12 million.  The Dolphins will pay the bonus up front but the cap hit will be spread out over the life of the contract.  A three year deal could net Hartline around 20-24 million including guarantees.

Of course this is only my speculation and have no idea what Hartline value’s himself at outside of the 6.5 mill a year.  If the Dolphins do re-sign their leading wide-out, it likely will not prohibit the team from looking at both free agency and the draft.

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