Miami Dolphins Reward Brian Hartline's One-Touchdown Season With $30 Million
What does 1,083 yards and one whole touchdown earn you? It earns you a five-year contract worth $30.8 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed.
That is, if you play for the Miami Dolphins.
Brian Hartline was the Dolphins' leading receiver during last season's barn-burning 7-9 season. And now, according to a league source, Hartline is a rich dude for doing pretty much the absolute minimal you can ask your number-one receiver to do.
Some might say this amount of money is what the market dictates. But there were literally zero reports saying any other team was interested in Hartline.
So it may very well be the Dolphins were bidding against themselves and common sense.
Hartline, a fourth-round pick from 2009, has amassed 2,753 yards and caught seven touchdowns in that time.
For those of you who can't do math good, that amounts to basically around two touchdowns a season so far in his career. One and a half, really.
Some would say this is a good signing based purely on the fact that Hartline was Ryan Tannenhill's favorite target during his rookie season, having thrown to the Chipmunk a shitload of times that turned into 74 catches and 1,083 yards -- both career highs.
Of course, when your other receiving options are a tight end with rock hands and a receiver named after a Star Wars characters, you pretty much have no choice but to throw it to Hartline.
The Dolphins are expected to go after big-fish free-agent receivers like Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings and should still be able to offer them the lucrative contracts they're looking for, even with the mountain of cash they just gave Hartline.
But if we're going to give out contracts based on the Dolphins' math, then Wallace -- who scored seven more touchdowns than Hartline last year (and it was a down year for him) and is capable of putting together 1,000 yard seasons while taking a dump, then he's going to demand at least a billion dollars, with another billion in guaranteed money.