Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:05 am
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Brian Hartline's release opens door for rookies, Terrelle Pryor
Can a team go into a season with four rookies Wholesale NFL Jerseys and a converted quarterback playing wide receiver?
Hue Jackson may believe so. Because the release of Brian Hartline seems to indicate Jackson firmly believes in the team's rookies. Add in that the coach has been impressed with Terrelle Pryor and the team may have Pryor along with rookies Corey Coleman, Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton among the wideout group.
At this point, that's speculation and guesswork, and much can change -- Wholesale Dallas Cowboys Jerseys including Josh Gordon possibly being reinstated. But at this point the team seems committed to the rookies.
If you'd have asked which of the returning receivers the new Cleveland Browns regime would let go of first, the last pick would have been Hartline.
Instead, he's the first.
Hartline fell victim to the numbers game at receiver, something that was unthinkable the past two seasons when receivers in the offseason were treated like they had the plague. But when a new coach is involved in the drafting of four receivers, it's a safe bet that at least three and probably all four will make the team.
That puts the jobs of holdovers such as Hartline, Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins in question. Add in Pryor, and the Browns had a logjam at a position where teams usually keep six.
Pryor may be the one to benefit most from this decision. He has impressed the coach in offseason work, and his versatility may be something Jackson likes -- and wants. Dallas Cowboys Jerseys Pryor still has to prove in games, though, that he has fully made the transition from quarterback to receiver.
Hartline is a pro's pro. He was invested in playing for his home team (he grew up in Canton) and was extremely active in community activities.
He started slow in 2015, his first year in Cleveland, but finished strong -- with 30 catches for 341 yards in his final four games. ?Given Hartline's production, hands and dependability, it seemed like there would be a spot for him.
But new coaches want their own guys.
This was an on-field personnel decision, not a cap move.
ESPN Stats & Information reports the Browns have $41 million in cap room, so had the team wanted to keep Hartline and his $3.75 million cap cost, it easily could have done so.