Brian Hartline to Sign with the Cleveland Browns

By D.J. Byrnes on March 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm
Brian Hartline, file photo

UPDATE (8:56 p.m.): Browns made it official:

The Browns' current quarterback stable includes a journeyman coming off a 1-10 starting record and second-year backup in rehab, but hey, they will field a wide receiver taller than 5'9" this year.

Brian Hartline, who is listed at 6'2", will join the Cleveland Browns when NFL free agency opens tomorrow, according to former Ohio State safety Dustin Fox. It's somewhat of a homecoming for Hartline, who hails from Canton. It's a two-year deal for $6,000,000, according to Hartline's agent, Drew Rosenhaus

Hartline was a fourth round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2009. Hartline signed a deal worth up to $30 million in 2013, but was released after the 2014 campaign after posting 39 receptions and two touchdowns, his lowest output since 2011.

Former OSU teammate Donte Whitner, formerly of the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, returned to the Browns last year and made the Pro Bowl.

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