Re: Hartline receives contract to pay him
posted at 3/7/2013 11:05 PM EST
In response to TFB12's comment:
Are you kidding me? Outragous! Especially for a guy who had only one good year, nothing special.
Glad the Patriots didn't chase this guy, that is way too much. The Phins have the cap space to handle the deal but still, that is a ton of money for a #2 caliber receiver.
Here is the write up ....
The Dolphins' contract with free agent Brian Hartline is expected to pay him "just under" $7 million a year.
It's a pricey sum for an average, No. 2-caliber receiver, but Miami is loaded with salary cap space and Hartline otherwise would've hit the market as a top-five or six wideout. An announcement of the deal appears to be imminent.
First of all, the title of this thread is misleading, in that it implies that that the 'Fins have in fact
made such an offer...and that Hartline has accepted the offer. Neither is presently the case.
Secondly, bad teams like Miami generally have to pay more to retain their players, or to reel in free agents. There's no attraction to play there. The team is far from being a SB contender, and far from being in a position to challenge the Pats for AFC East supremacy. There's also no high profile coach there with a proven NFL track record, who can attract quality free agents.
Third, the notion that Miami overpaying for Hartline somehow affects what the Pats end up paying to resign Wes Welker is silly. The Pats surely have a number in mind, from which they likely won't deviate. Furthermore. Hartline is a different type of player, and is much younger, than the soon to be 32 year old Wes. The availability of Danny Amendola gives the Pats some leverage. But, Welker have leverage too, in that he could market himself to play with the hated Horseface in Denver.
At the end of the day, my guess is that Wes wants to remain in New England with his good buddy Tom...and that the Pats will be leery about letting a durable, proven slot receiver, who averages over 100 receptions per season, get away. My hope is that the Pats draw the line at $8mil. per season, in a backloaded contract. The amount of guaranteed money will surely be the point of contention.