Brian Hartline has played 11 games against the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

Wideout Brian Hartline has played 11 games against the Patriots. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New England Patriots could be on the lookout for a wideout heading into free agency. And one on the horizon has faced them 11 times over the last six years.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, New England has shown interest in former Miami Dolphin Brian Hartline.

The 28-year-old receiver was released by the Dolphins last week, after a season in which he caught 39 passes for 474 yards and two touchdowns. A former fourth-round pick out of Ohio State, Hartline posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2012 and 2013 prior to his career-low yardage output in 2014.

He holds the Dolphins’ franchise record for receiving yards in a single game, with 253.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound free-agent target visited the Houston Texans on Thursday and the Cleveland Browns earlier in the week, but does not currently have one scheduled with New England. A return to Miami for Hartline, as Salguero notes, has also not been ruled out.

He is the older brother of quarterback Mike Hartline, who spent the 2012 offseason as a member of the Patriots.