Cleveland Browns: 4 takeaways after releasing Brian Hartline
By Joel W. Cade
The Cleveland Browns continued the rebuilding process by releasing veteran receiver Brian Hartline.
The Cleveland Browns terminated the contract of Brian Hartline Monday afternoon. Hartline was one of only a handful of veteran receivers on this team following the draft. When a team drafts four wide receivers, someone is bound to be on the bubble or simply on the way out the door. The Browns cut the one receiver that made logical sense to cut. But was Hartline’s production last season enough for him to get a look by another team?
The Browns wide receiver room is mainly stocked with rookies. The rookies drafted were of different shapes, sizes, speed and route running ability. A professional wide receiving group requires a multiplicity of skill sets handling a variety of responsibilities. One of the mistakes the Browns have made in the past is getting the same type of receiver. Have the Browns done enough to solidify all their receiver needs? This is a burning question now that Hartline has departed.
The Browns new front office has made some bold moves this offseason. Most of the headlines have gone to whom the Browns have let go instead of who they have kept and brought in. The Browns have strategically drafted multiple wide receivers. By cutting Hartline, the new front office has gone “All In” with the rebuilding project. The 2016 Browns may have their bumps and bruises, but it will be fun to watch these kids play.
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