Hartline and James Jones will visit with the Chargers this week, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. With Stevie Johnson (torn meniscus) 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 has been released by the Browns, Cleveland.com reports. Hartline's release comes after the Browns added five 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 last year, and should draw interest on the free agent market as an experienced wideout with two 1,000-plus yard campaigns in his career thus far.
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.
Hartline (collarbone) worked out on a stationary bike as Tuesday's voluntary workouts opened, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. Once Hartline re-proves his health, he'll join Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins atop the Browns' wide receiver depth chart. While former QB Terrelle Pryor has a level of pass-catching upside, and it's conceivable that Josh Gordon could factor in down the road, he remains under suspension. With those variables in mind, there appears to be a solid chance that the Browns will bring in some added depth at the wideout position at or around the upcoming NFL Draft.
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 Browns.
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