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Andrew Hawkins | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 180
College: Toledo
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Browns signed WR Andrew Hawkins, formerly of the Bengals, to a four-year, $13.6 million contract.
The Bengals had until midnight to match the Browns' offer sheet but informed Hawkins they weren't going to do so. Four years and $13.6 million with a $5.8 million first-year cap number is a hefty price to pay for a 5-foot-7, 180-pound jitterbug slot receiver, but the Browns badly needed a talent infusion on offense. Hawkins can turn simple plays into monster gains with his speed. Tavon Austin drew some Hawkins comparisons last April. Hawkins will be the No. 3 option in the passing game, behind target monster Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Mar 18 - 3:17 PM

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The Bengals have until midnight ET Tuesday night/Wednesday morning to match the Browns offer sheet to restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins.

The Browns inked Hawkins to a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet last Thursday, and the Bengals were given five days to match or let Hawkins walk. According to multiple reports, Cincinnati is expected to let Hawkins go to the rival Browns. The Bengals will receive no compensation in return. In Cleveland, Hawkins would be penciled in as the No. 3 option in the passing game.
Mar 18 - 11:07 AM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the Bengals are now unlikely to match restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins' four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet with the Browns.

The deal pays Hawkins $10.8 million over the first two years, and includes a $5.8 million cap hit for 2014. The Browns are using their ample cap space as a weapon. It appears it will land them their man, but that's a pretty huge chunk of change for a 5-foot-7 slot receiver, no matter how dynamic. The Bengals would be wise to let Hawkins walk. They'll receive no compensation if he does, as he was an undrafted free agent.
Mar 13 - 1:24 PM

Restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins signed a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet with the Browns.

The deal includes $10.8 million over the first two seasons, and a $5.8 million cap hit in 2014. The Bengals have five days to match or let Hawkins walk. It's a big chunk of change for a 5-foot-7 slot receiver, one that was also clearly designed to make it tough for the Bengals to match. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, they do indeed plan to match, however.
Mar 13 - 12:46 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals plan to match the four-year, $12.2 million offer sheet restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins signed with the Browns.

It's a surprise given the $5.3 million guaranteed in the deal and the Bengals depth chart at wideout. It also speaks to just how underrated Hawkins' talent is outside of the league. NFL teams realize that the undersized yet jitterbug quick slot man can be a very valuable piece of a passing game. The Bengals are going to pony up the cash to keep him away from their division rival.
Mar 12 - 7:36 AM

The offer sheet signed by restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins with the Browns is for four years and $12.2 million.

The sheet includes $4 million guaranteed. Given that the Bengals tendered Hawkins for just $1.431 million and they are three-deep at wideout already (A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu), we'd be very surprised if they chose to match. Look for the underrated and shifty Hawkins to be penned in as the Browns new slot receiver in five days.
Mar 11 - 10:13 PM

Browns signed restricted free agent WR Andrew Hawkins to a four-year offer sheet.

The Bengals will have five days to decide whether to match the deal and keep Hawkins in Cincinnati. Browns GM Ray Farmer is trying hard to land a receiver to take some heat off Josh Gordon, since Greg Little has been a mammoth bust and Davone Bess was a mental disaster before being released. A creative offensive mind like OC Kyle Shanahan could get Baby Hawk looks out of the backfield and in the slot. It'd be nice to see Hawkins escape Cincinnati.
Mar 11 - 6:55 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Browns are showing "major interest" in restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins.

After losing out on Andre Roberts, GM Ray Farmer is looking for an underneath target to pair with dominant No. 1 receiver Josh Gordon. Hawkins is garnering a lot of interest around the league. The Bengals tendered him at the lowest level.
Mar 11 - 11:46 AM

The Redskins have "made inquiries" about restricted free agent WR Andrew Hawkins.

"Baby Hawk" has a coaching staff connection in D.C. after playing the past three seasons under ex-Bengals OC Jay Gruden. As Cincy only extended him an "original pick" tender -- and Hawkins was originally undrafted -- the Redskins would not have to fork over draft pick compensation were they to sign him to an offer sheet, and the Bengals failed to match. Hawkins is pint sized at 5-foot-7, 180, but when healthy is one of the most exciting players in the NFL.
Mar 10 - 11:55 PM

Bengals extended original-pick tenders to restricted free agent WR Andrew Hawkins, WR Dane Sanzenbacher and LB Vincent Rey.

The "low" tender is worth $1.431 million this season. In Hawkins' case, it means the Bengals would receive no compensation if they declined to match an offer sheet, as Hawkins was an undrafted free agent. Hawkins was limited to 12 catches and 124 snaps after making his 2013 debut in Week 9. He began the year on I.R./recall with an ankle injury.
Mar 4 - 5:55 PM

Andrew Hawkins caught three passes for 20 yards in the Bengals' Wild Card round loss to San Diego.

Hawkins returned from I.R./designated for return at the halfway point this season to play in eight games, catching 12 passes for 199 yards. A Tavon Austin-type player, Hawkins doesn't get enough snaps in Cincinnati's offense for fantasy value. He is now an impending restricted free agent. The Bengals will likely retain him, but we selfishly would love to see what Hawkins could do elsewhere on a team willing to play him more.
Jan 5 - 4:32 PM

Andrew Hawkins caught three passes for 74 yards in Week 17 against the Ravens.

Hawkins was targeted five times on the day and had his best game since returning to the lineup eight games ago. His 74 yards led the team. Hawkins does his damage in space, but with Giovani Bernard in the fold and Marvin Jones turning up his play this season there hasn't been many opportunities for Baby Hawk. He'll be merely a role player during the playoffs. Hawkins caught 12 passes for 199 yards in the regular season.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 07:06:00 PM

Andrew Hawkins caught three balls for 37 yards in the Bengals' Week 16 win over the Vikings.

Hawkins' big contribution was a 34-yard downfield catch in heavy traffic. He is the Bengals' slot receiver, seeing action behind A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, and Marvin Jones. The Bengals close out the year versus Baltimore in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Andrew Hawkins was held without a catch in Week 15 against the Steelers.

Hawkins played behind Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu and was rarely used in three-wide sets, finishing with just one target. The Bengals like to feature two-tight end formations with Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham, so Hawkins has struggled for snaps as the No. 4 receiver. He'll remain off the fantasy radar for Week 16 against the Vikings.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 01:25:00 AM

Andrew Hawkins caught one pass for seven yards in Week 14 against the Colts.

Hawkins drew two targets as the No. 4 receiver. He's no higher than the sixth or seventh option in the passing game and is off the re-draft radar.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:26:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Alex Tanney
RB1Ben Tate
2Chris Ogbonnaya
3Edwin Baker
4Dion Lewis
5Fozzy Whittaker
GLB1Ben Tate
2Chris Ogbonnaya
3RB1Chris Ogbonnaya
2Ben Tate
FB1Chris Pressley
WR11Josh Gordon
2Travis Benjamin
3Tori Gurley
4Charles Johnson
WR21Greg Little
2Andrew Hawkins
3Nate Burleson
4Josh Cooper
5Conner Vernon
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4MarQueis Gray
5Andre Smith
K1Billy Cundiff
2Brandon Bogotay