Browns release Brian Hartline

The Browns have released veteran wide receiver Brian Hartline after one season with the team as the youth movement continues in Berea

BEREA, Ohio--The Browns not only didn't draft any Ohio State players in the most recent draft, they just released one.

Veteran receiver Brian Hartline was released by the team Monday in a statement put out by the team.

Hartline, who signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2015, caught 46 passes for 523 yards, including two touchdowns last season before finishing the season on injured reserve.

Hartline, 29, has 344 receptions in his seven-career, including the first six seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

The move doesn't come as a surprise as the Browns drafted four wide receivers last month in the NFL Draft.

Just last week, Hue Jackson was asked specifically about Hartline's role this season.

“I just see a bunch of guys competing," Jackson said. "It’s so early. I know sometimes everybody thinks you put a guy out here at this point or at this point this is this guy’s position. I don’t look at it that way. I just think those guys are going to earn the right to play on this football team, all of them.

"Hartline is a pro," he said. "He’s been through it. He’s had success. He knows how to play, and there’s something to that. At the same time, he knows each and every day he’s got to go out and compete because everybody’s trying to win a spot. To me, that’s what it’s truly all about. It’s about competing and it’s about earning a right to be a part of this football team.”


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