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Cleveland Browns cut ties with Brian Hartline

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It certainly has already been an offseason of hectic proportions for the Cleveland Browns. With the release of the troublesome quarterback Johnny Manziel, signing of the enigmatic and injury-prone former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, as well as finding their potential head coach for the future in the up-and-coming Hue Jackson from Cincinnati, everything seems to be moving at light speed on the banks of Lake Erie. 

This rapid-fire nature that has epitomized Cleveland's offseason is showing no signs of slowing down. 

According to ProFootballTalk, the Cleveland Browns have released veteran wide receiver, Brian Hartline. 


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The decision to cut the Cleveland-area native only adds to the laundry list of roster and organizational moves that have occurred since Ben Roethlisberger kneeled to put the proverbial nail in the coffin on yet another disappointing campaign to end last season.

After the team selected five wide receivers in this year's edition of the NFL Draft, it seems as though that this move, according to Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, was made with the intention of promoting the new youth movement the club appears to be undergoing. 

While releasing the former Ohio State Buckeye with the purpose of clearing up space on the depth chart for the quintet of newly drafted wideouts seems to be the primary factor, it wasn't the only contributor in arriving at this conclusion. 

As noted by Kyle Obly from DawgPoundNews, the Browns also stand to free up $3 million in cap space as a side effect of cutting the former 4th round pick.

In his one season stint at the Dawg Pound, the 29-year-old wideout caught two touchdowns while hauling in 46 catches for 523 yards. 

In professional sports, acquiring young talent appears to be at the forefront of every rebuilding operation. When said youth is acquired, as Brian Hartline has found out the hard way, the veterans at those positions could become expendable.

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