Andrew Hawkins has the speed and ability to be a great weapon for the Bengals. The only problem is that the Browns stepped in and offered the Bengals’ restricted free agent a multi-year deal according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer. This news comes on the heels of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing unrestricted free agent Michael Johnson to a 5-year deal.
Although Hawkins’ impact on the team hasn’t amounted to a ton of yards and receptions, his speed and ability to break plays open is a rare ability that has proven valuable to many NFL teams. His biggest impact came in 2012 with 51 receptions, 4 touchdowns, and 533 yards.
This means the Bengals have 10 days to match the offer or Andrew Hawkins will be headed to the Browns. The worst part for the Bengals is even though Hawkins is a restricted free agent, he went undrafted. That means that there would be no draft compensation for Hawkins leaving the Bengals.
The Bengals will match any offer for Hawkins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Bengals plan to match 4-yr, $12.2M offer sheet that includes $5,3M gtd that Cincinnati RFA WR Andrew Hawkins signed with Cleveland.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014