NFL Notebook: Hartline, Dolphins agree to five-year, $31 million deal

STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer Published:

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Brian Hartline's agent says the veteran receiver has agreed to terms on a five-year deal for nearly $31 million to remain with the Miami Dolphins.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus says Friday the contact includes $12.5 million guaranteed. Hartline would have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday but wanted to remain with the team that drafted him in 2009.

Hartline led Miami last year with 74 receptions for 1,083 yards, both career highs, but caught only one touchdown pass. Hartline has 183 career receptions and six scores.

Landing a top receiver for quarterback Ryan Tannehill remains the Dolphins' No. 1 offseason priority. Their wideouts combined for only three touchdown catches in 2012.

CARDINALS RELEASE FIVE-TIME PRO BOWL SAFETY ADRIAN WILSON

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have released five-time Pro Bowl strong safety Adrian Wilson.

Wilson, who had been the longest-tenured player on the team, took a pay cut to stay with the Cardinals before last season, but knew as it was winding down that it would be his final one in the desert.

Wilson played 12 seasons with the Cardinals and is one of six NFL players with 25 interceptions and 25 sacks. A Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2008-11, he has 27 interceptions and 25 1/2 sacks, including eight in 2005, which were the most ever by a defensive back.

Wilson played 181 games with Arizona, fifth-most in team history, and was a team captain five times, including last season.

PANTHERS RELEASE STARTING DEFENSIVE BACK CHRIS GAMBLE IN CAP MOVE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have released starting cornerback Chris Gamble in a move that will get them under this year's NFL salary cap.

By releasing Gamble the Panthers will save $7.9 million under this year's salary cap. He becomes a free agent.

The Panthers selected Gamble with the 28th overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Ohio State.

Gamble has played in 123 career regular season games with 117 starts and is the franchise's leader with 27 career interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. His 117 career regular season starts are the most by a cornerback in franchise history.

Gamble missed most of last season with a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Gamble "always handled things the right way and we wish him the best."

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