Report: Hartline Gets That Paper

By Chris Lauderback on March 8, 2013 at 8:59a

Former Buckeye, and huge Terrelle Pryor fan, Brian Hartline reportedly came to terms on a five-year, $31 million dollar deal with the Miami Dolphins.

The deal includes $12.5 million in guaranteed coin. Hartline is understandably giddy:

"It feels great," Hartline said. "It feels great to know hard work and perseverance is worth something. But now it's about winning games. I think we're on the right path. I think we're close.

"I'm excited to see what happens in free agency. We want to win. We're set up so we have cap room to make some moves, and that's one way we can win football games. It's important. And the draft will be important, too. It's exciting."

The deal comes on the heels of Hartline's solid 2012 campaign in which he eclipsed the 1,000 yards receiving barrier for the first time.


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dubjayfootball90's picture

Congrats to Hartline. That is awesome for him. Do work!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

northcampus's picture

Good for Brian!  A diligent worker who deserves the pay day.

old_rasputin's picture

I'm so happy for him.  Sometimes hard work does pay off!

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TatumRuled's picture

He is suddenly the handsomest OSU grad ever!

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kevinfrenchfry's picture

psh...aint no thang

HolgateBuckeye's picture

Imagine what Hartline would do if Miami had a quarterback.
Also great to see the kid succeed. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

Congrats on the new paper, I guess. I won't fault a guy for getting it-it isn't his fault Miami wants to over pay him.
That much for a guy with 7 career TD's on his resume? Enjoy that. I mean its cool and all but Miami really over paid.

Michael Citro's picture

Nope. As an ardent follower of Los Dolfines, I can tell you Hartline's numbers, including TDs, would be pretty eye-popping with an actual quarterback. He's often missed when wide open and it's criminal the number of times Henne overthrew him for sure touchdowns.

Miami also calls a disgusting number of plays for the tight end in the red zone. They rarely look for the WR. The exception was when they had Brandon Marshall, who was exceedingly gfited at dropping them inside the end zone.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Yah, Marshall dropped a few this year for the Bears. A monster year could have been even better if he hung on to about 3 more TD's he had in his hands.
Appreciate the insight from a fan of a team I really don't know much about. So....not crazy about Tanny I'd assume?

Michael Citro's picture

Nope. Tannehill was not a good use of a draft pick that high. As a rule, I never take a QB whose team blows tons of giant leads in college, but that's just me. And yeah, OK, defensive collapses at A&M, but why did the offense stop scoring in all those games?

The kid tries hard and is smart...just don't see him as a longterm answer on an NFL roster. Maybe a serviceable backup.

Hovenaut's picture

A mid (4th) round pick making good in the pros. Well done, Buckeye.

DefendOhio's picture

Was never a fan of him and his attitude at OSU, but looks like he is doing big things. Congrats. 

CincyOSU's picture

What attitude? I heard nothing but good things about his work ethic.

BrewstersMillions's picture

I think he rubbed some fans the wrong way the same way a guy like AJ Pierzynski rubbed people the wrong way. He has that look like the guy you just can't like unless he's on your team.
I've never heard bad things about him as a team mate either-I've also head quite the opposite. He does have a great Jerk-Face going on and maybe that irks people. If he looks like he'd be a jerk, maybe he is, you know?

Whosisbrew's picture

A few years ago: "Yeah... Robiskie will easily be the better pro receiver, not even close."
Yowza. Big time congratulations to Hartline.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

File this under things I never thought would happen a few years ago. Good for him.

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45has2's picture

Way to go B Hart.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

DJ Byrnes's picture

Brian Hartline is probably my least favorite Buckeye in the history of Buckeyedom, but hey, he has more money than me now which makes him superior to me in every manner imaginable.
Congrats, Brian Hartline. Watching you at Ohio State, I never would have guessed you would eventually use those skills to bamboozle somebody into giving you millions of dollars.
Jokes on me, I guess.

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Poison nuts's picture

What did he do that you hate him so much? Just wondering..

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Buckeyejason's picture

Happy for this guy. Deserves it! Worked his ass off to get better and accomplished that. Who would've thought he'd be better in the pros them these guys:
Michael Jenkins, Ted Ginn, Anthony Gonzales, Brian Robiskie.


D. Anthony's picture

Jenkins did well and stayed in the league for a good number of years (will probably get picked up for a few more years by someone), Gonzales was probably the most polished and best route runner of them all, but injuries took him out. Ginn was always a pretty raw route runner as his natural position was always said to be DB and Robiski was not as fast or as physically gifted as the others.
It is cool to see the guy who was never the main target at OSU and only probably the 3rd or 4th most talented guy of this group develop into a solid to really good NFL receiver.

D. Anthony