MIAMI – Coming off his best season, Brian Hartline decided to stay put.
The veteran receiver signed a five-year deal Friday for nearly $31 million to remain with the Miami Dolphins, his agent said. The contract includes $12.5 million guaranteed.
Im happy; I think theyre happy, Hartline said. Thats probably the good sign of a good deal.
Quarterback Matt Moore signed a two-year deal to remain as Ryan Tannehills backup rather than test free agency and pursue a possible starting job.
Hartline, who also could have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, instead opted to remain with the team that drafted him in 2009.
I believe he could have signed for more in the open market with another team, but he wanted to remain with the Dolphins for less money, agent Drew Rosenhaus wrote in a text message to The Associated Press.
Working with rookie Tannehill, Hartline led Miami last season with 74 receptions for 1,083 yards, both career highs, despite missing most of the preseason because of injuries. However, he caught only one touchdown pass and has career totals of six scores in 183 receptions.
Around the league
Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton accepted Chicagos $8.45 million tender after being hit with the franchise tag.
Carolina released starting cornerback Chris Gamble, a move that will save the Panthers $7.9 million under this years salary cap. He becomes a free agent.
Arizona released Adrian Wilson, 33, ending the five-time Pro Bowl strong safetys 12 seasons with the team. Wilson, one of six players with 25 interceptions and 25 sacks, had 27 interceptions and 25 1/2 sacks
Jacksonville released safety Dawan Landry and cornerback Aaron Ross.
Baltimore terminated the contract of guard Bobbie Williams, 36, who played in all four playoff games for the Super Bowl champions.
Fullback Chris Gronkowski became an unrestricted free agent after Denver declined to issue a contract . Former Philadelphia receiver Freddie Mitchell admitted to his role in a tax-fraud scheme.
Mitchell pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Fla., to a single count of conspiracy to file a false claim. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $250,000.