BEREA -- Receiver Brian Hartline is coming home to help fill a giant need on the Browns.
The Canton native and Ohio State alum agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with Cleveland on Monday night. The Browns confirmed the agreement and are expected to formally announce the move today.
Hartline, 28, was released by Miami on Feb. 27 in a cost-cutting move, making him available to visit teams and sign a contract before free agency opens Tuesday afternoon. He met with the Browns last week, then the Bears and was considering his options. The Patriots and Texans were also reportedly interested.
He picked the Browns, where he will likely be a starter. No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon is suspended for the year, and the Browns entered the offseason needing to add multiple wideouts.
Hartline has 298 career catches for 4,243 yards, a 14.2 average and 12 touchdowns in six seasons. He’s started 69 of 92 games.
He started all 16 last year, catching 39 passes for 474 yards, a 12.2 average and two touchdowns. His best two years were 2012 and ’13, when he totaled 150 receptions for 2,099 yards and five touchdowns.
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