Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline will be visiting the Houston Texans today, according to Ian Rapoport, who cites NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus.
WR Brian Hartline is visiting the #Texans today, per @RosenhausSports. A deal is possible (while Andre Johnson hangs in limbo)— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2015
Hartline, 28, was drafted in the 4th round by the Dolphins in 2009 and has since contributed both as a starter and off the bench. He enjoyed his best years in 2012 and 2013, catching a combined 150 balls for 2,099 yards and five touchdowns.
This past season, Hartline saw his production dip well behind Mike Wallace and Jarvis Landry, both of whom were acquired in 2013. Versatile tight end Charles Clay also saw an increased role in the offense.
So there's nothing flashy in Hartline's numbers, but he's still relatively young and quite durable, having missed just four games in six seasons. His price should be relatively modest should the Texans decide to sign him.
Apparently talks have progressed to the point where Hartline is taking a physical, as well, which could help a weak WR corps for whomever we have for QB next season.
What say you, Texans fans? Do you want Brian Hartline to be the Kevin Walter to DeAndre Hopkins' Andre Johnson? Sound off below and feel free to rip me for such a lazy, quasi-racist analogy.
UPDATE: Hartline is apparently taking a physical with the Texans now.