Hartline emerged last year with career highs in receptions (74) and yards (1,083) last year, while Clemons started all 16 games for the first time.
If they are able to do deals with those two, it crosses items off the shopping list. But it also suggests they’re willing to let other free agents such as Jake Long, Reggie Bush, Sean Smith, Randy Starks and Matt Moore explore the market.
The Dolphins have $45 million worth of salary cap space, so they could sign the lot of them if they wanted. But the need to add playmakers to the offense to allow quarterback Ryan Tannehill to develop is crucial, and they figure to make a splash there.
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