The return of another former Buckeye to Cleveland might occur for the second time in two offseasons.
The Dolphins cut the six-year veteran on Friday to save cap room, as Hartline was set to make $5.9 million in 2015. With a thin corps at wideout, the Browns pounced on the chance to bring in the Canton native for a visit.
Hartline has established himself as a solid possession wide receiver in the NFL at 6'2, 180 pounds. His two best seasons in the league came in 2012 and 2013, as Hartline caught over 70 passes and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in both seasons, reeling in a combined five touchdown passes. The former fourth round pick experienced ahis worst season in 2014. Hartline caught just 39 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns.
Over the course of his six-year career with the Dolphins, Hartline has recorded 298 receptions for 4,423 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hartline played three seasons at Ohio State, logging 90 catches for 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Browns signed fellow former Buckeye Donte Whitner last offseason.
Several other NFL teams have shown interest in Hartline since Miami released him on Friday. While, according to the Miami Sun Sentinel, the Dolphins have not ruled out his return -- for the right price -- a reunion looks unlikely at this point, according to PFT.
The Browns could use a veteran like Hartline to anchor the receiving corps, which is one of the team's weakest positions. While the team might use a high draft pick to shore up the position, a sure-handed veteran definitely couldn't hurt.