Saturday, March 09, 2013

AMERICA FOOTBALL! MIAMI DOLPHINS RE-SIGNS RECEIVER BRIAN HARTLINE AND QUARTERBACK MATT MOORE AS ARIZONA RELEASES ADRIAN WILSON FROM HIS CONTRACT

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NFL side,Miami Dolphins have made their first big off-season moves by re-signing wide receiver Brian Hartline and back-up quarterback Matt Moore.

Hartline has signed a new five-year deal with the Dolphins worth a reported $31 million after a breakout season that saw him manage 74 receptions for 1,083 yards.
The twenty six year-old was set to be heading for free agency before the deal was brokered between the two sides, with Hartline being rewarded for his well-timed best season of his career.

A fourth round draft pick from Ohio State, Hartline set a team record with his 253-yard performance against Arizona last September, as he became rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill's top target.

Tannehill performed admirably in his first year last season, helped by back-up Matt Moore who will remain in South Florida after agreeing a fresh two-year deal worth $8 million.

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The six-year veteran would have been one of the top back-ups in free agency, but with no promise of big money or a starting spot available, he has decided to remain with his current team.

Moore played in two games last season as cover for Tannehill, and continued his solid level of performance with 131 yards and a touchdown when completing a win over the New York Jets.
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Tannehill bagged the team MVP award during his 12-game season starting instead of the injured Chad Henne, with his 2,497 yards and 16 TDs helping the team to a 6-6 record during that spell.

The Dolphins have also put the franchise tag on defensive tackle Randy Starks as general manager Jeff Ireland looks to keep the majority of his roster together for a big push last season.

Miami are still in search of a star receiver to lead the line out wide though, with Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace and Green Bay's Greg Jennings the favourites, but keeping Hartline along with Davone Bess gives them the chance to compile a solid set of options.

Meanwhile, The Arizona Cardinals have cut ties with veteran safety Adrian Wilson after deciding to release the 33-year-old after 12 seasons with the team.

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Under new coach Bruce Arians, the Cards are looking to re-shape the team and a veteran who lost playing time last season and was due a $1 million bonus was always a candidate to being cut.

Five-time Pro Bowler Wilson has been a stand-out performer in the Cardinals defence for years, and was a star of their superb run to the Super Bowl in 2009 when they narrowly missed out against the Steelers.

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Wilson had said though that he wanted to retire in Arizona, so the move coming before he is ready to hang up his pads is a bitter blow.

President of the Cardinals Michael Bidwill thanked Wilson when releasing the news, saying he would be honoured by the team in the future as one of their great players.

Source: SKYSPORTS




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