The Miami Dolphins have re-signed Brian Hartline to a five-year deal, preventing last season's leading receiver from hitting the free agent market 24 hours before free agency begins.

Hartline, the team's 2009 fourth-round pick, became Ryan Tannehill's favorite target last season, and turned a career-best 74 catches into a career-high 1,083 yards in 2012.

He became the eighth receiver in Dolphins history to catch more than 1,000 yards worth of passes. In his four seasons in Miami Hartline has caught 183 passes for 2,753 yards (15.0 per catch) and has scored seven touchdowns.

According to a league source Hartline will receive a five-year deal that's worth $30.775 million. His new contract will feature $12.5 million in fully-guaranteed money.

While re-signing Hartline depletes the team's available cap space, which was approximately $36 million before the deal for the former Ohio State standout, it likely doesn't change the team's main priority this offseason, which was to add more playmakers at receiver and tight end.