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Draft Scout Andrew Hawkins News
09/07/14 - WR Andrew Hawkins was QB Brian Hoyer's favorite target in the opener, as he had eight receptions for 87 yards. Hawkins was targeted 10 times in his Browns debut. He signed as a free agent after spending the first three seasons of his career with Cincinnati. The Browns are looking for someone to emerge as the No. 1 receiver after WR Josh Gordon was suspended for the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
03/18/14 - WR Andrew Hawkins left the Bengals for the Browns as a restricted free agent when Cincinnati elected not to match Cleveland's offer.
Hawkins received a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet from the Browns and he will be paid $10.8 million in the first two years of the deal, according to NFL.com.
Cincinnati tendered Hawkins at the lowest level ($1.431 million) and because he entered the NFL undrafted, there is no compensation. Had they given him a $2.187 million tender, there would have been compensation of a second-round if the Browns had still given him an offer sheet.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said, "I don't want to let Andrew go without making note that he has been a very hard working and contributing player. He has set a great example of being a great teammate. But we're fortunate to have a lot of depth at wide receiver, and we're excited to move forward. Our leading receivers from last year will all return, and we have another group who know our system and have earned our confidence that they are ready to see more action.
"It's a given that we will invest in players to the limit of the salary cap, but the system means teams have to make choices, and we don't believe this match, at this time, would serve our goal of allocating resources roster-wide for the best possible team come September."
The 5-foot-7 Hawkins could move into the starting lineup as a slot receiver for Cleveland. He would replace troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, who was recently released.
After missing the first eight games of 2013 while on injured reserve with an ankle problem, Hawkins finished the regular season with 12 catches for 199 yards and no touchdowns. In three seasons with the Bengals, the 28-year-old Hawkins had 86 receptions for 995 yards and four touchdowns.
The Bengals' decision to let Hawkins go was not a surprise considering they have wide receivers A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones and tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert in the
12/04/13 - WR Andrew Hawkins was limited due to a hamstring injury that he suffered against San Diego, but he should be available for Sunday's game.
11/13/13 - WR Andrew Hawkins could see some time as punt returner. Brandon Tate has taken almost all of the punts the past three games after Adam Jones moved into one of the starting spots at cornerback. Tate and Jones were splitting punt return duties until Leon Hall got hurt.
11/06/13 - WR Andrew Hawkins saw only six offensive snaps but did have a 10-yard reception during the second half.