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Report: Patriots interested in WR Hartline

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A week after getting released by the Dolphins, wide receiver Brian Hartline has found plenty of teams interested in his services.

According to Cleveland.com, that includes the Patriots.

The website said Thursday at that the former Miami pass catcher has drawn interest from the Browns, Texans, Bears, Patriots and others, while the door is also open for a potential return to the Dolphins on a reduced contract.

Hartline had been scheduled to earn $5.95 million in 2015 prior to his release.

The former Ohio State star and 2009 fourth-round pick has recorded 298 catches for 4,243 yards with 12 touchdowns in his 92 career games. He topped 74 catches and 1,000 yards in both 2012 and 2013, but dropped off to 39 catches for just 472 yards in 16 games in Miami last fall.

The 6-2, 200-pound receiver has been quite durable in his career, missing just four games and all of those came in 2010. He's played in all 16 games in each of the last four seasons.

Cleveland.com reports that Hartline could make his final decision as early as today, as he weighs playing time, money and the quarterback situation with the teams in question.

"The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots are also interested in signing Hartline, a source said, and may have already made a preliminary offer. The Pats may be looking to replace Danny Amendola, who could become a cap casualty," said the Cleveland.com report.

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