Report: Browns give offer sheet to Bengals' Hawkins
MAR 11, 2014 7:13p ET
The Browns are apparently on a spending spree on Day 1 of the NFL free agency period.
According to Albert Breer of NFL Network and since confirmed by multiple outlets, Cleveland has offered Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins a four-year deal. Hawkins is a restricted free agent. Cincinnati tendered him a one-year offer at the lowest level of $1.431 million, reserving the Bengals' right to match any offer Hawkins receives from another team.
They have seven days to match Cleveland's offer to Hawkins but because Hawkins entered the NFL undrafted, the Bengals would not receive any draft compensation if they choose not to match the offer.
Hawkins (5-7, 180) has caught 86 passes for 995 yards and four touchdowns. His most productive season was in 2012 when he caught 51 passes for 533 yards and all four of his touchdowns. That included a 50-yard touchdown catch-and-run against the Browns in a 34-27 Cincinnati win at Paul Brown Stadium.
He missed the first half of last season after suffering a severe ankle injury in training camp. He returned to play the final eight games of the season, catching 12 passes for 199 yards.
Hawkins played at Toledo in college and then spent two seasons in the CFL, helping Montreal win consecutive Grey Cup championships in 2009-10. Despite his size, Hawkins is not a protypical slot receiver. He has been more effective playing on the outside in space.
While nothing official has been announced by the team, the Browns earlier in the day agreed to terms with former Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby and former San Francisco safety Donte Whitner as unrestricted free agents.
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