Brian Hartline comes home

After six years with the Dolphins, Hartline returns to Ohio to play for the Browns

BEREA, Ohio—The Browns got a quarterback last week. They added a wide receiver on Monday.

Both players were added prior to the start of free agency.

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver and Ohio State Buckeye Brian Hartline is returning home and will be joining the Browns. The Browns confirmed that Hartline has agreed to terms to The OBR and will announce it officially on Tuesday. The deal has been reported to be worth $6 million over two seasons.

Last week, the Browns signed quarterback Josh McCown. Both McCown and Hartline were able to sign prior to the official opening of free agency because they were released from their previous teams.

Hartline, 28, had met with the Browns last week and visited several other teams after being released by the Dolphins in a cost-cutting move last week. Hartline visited the Bears who were also trying to sign him. The Dolphins were hoping to re-structure his contract and bring him back.

The Browns had a need at receiver as Josh Gordon will miss the 2015 season due to an NFL suspension. Last year, Andrew Hawkins was the team’s leading receiver with 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns.

Hartline had 39 receptions for 474 yards in 2014 after posting back-to-back seasons of over 70 receptions and 1,000 yards. He had 76 catches for 1,016 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 and 74 receptions for 1,083 yards and a touchdown in 2013.

Hartline, who played his high school football at Canton GlenOak was a fourth-round draft choice of the Dolphins in 2009.

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