With Stevie Johnson (knee) likely to miss at least the first couple games of the regular season, San Diego is looking at veterans to help with depth behind Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. The 29-year-old Hartline has probably made a full recovery from the broken collarbone he suffered last season, but the Chargers still want to see him work out before they consider making a move. If signed, Hartline might end up fighting for the fourth or fifth spot on the depth chart, as Dontrelle Inman likely has the inside track to San Diego's No. 3 wideout role while Johnson is sidelined.
Hartline's release comes after the Browns added four wide receivers during last month's draft, including first-rounder Corey Coleman, whose development could prove vital for Cleveland's offense this season. At 29 years old, Hartline is coming off 46 catches (on 74 targets) for 523 yards and two touchdowns in his only season with the Browns in 2015. With two 1,000-plus yard campaigns in his career, he could draw interest on the free-agent market.
Brian Hartline (collarbone) took part in practice Thursday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hartline was contained to an exercise bike at Tuesday's iteration of drills, but an increase in activity level just two days later is an encouraging sign in his recovery from a season-ending broken collarbone. In a receiving corps populated by the likes of Andrew Hawkins (concussion), Gary Barnidge, and little other established talent, Hartline will have every opportunity to make his mark in 2016.
Once Hartline re-proves his health, he'll join Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins atop the
Brian Hartline (collarbone) finished the season with 46 catches for 523 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season on injured reserve due to a broken collarbone.
Hartline spent his first seven professional seasons in Miami, and despite inconsistent quarterback play in Cleveland, he still managed to improve from his 2014 numbers. Although he started out slow, Hartline caught exactly eight passes in three straight weeks following the team's bye. He'll presumably be ready for offseason activities in advance of his age-30 season, where he'll compete for steady snaps out of the slot for the Cleveland Browns .
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