Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Bengals Match the Browns for Andrew Hawkins


As more details come out about the deal the Browns offered Andrew Hawkins, more people start to question whether the Bengals will actually match the offer sheet. Josh Kirkpatrick of the Dayton Daily News reported,

“Cincinnati now has until Tuesday to match a four-year deal worth $13.6 million, with $10.8 million in the first two years. The cap hit is $5.8 million and $5 million in 2014 and 2015 respectively.”

The issue for the Bengals isn’t the amount broken down over the total contract, but a heavy cap hit up front that could hinder what they do over the next two years with their own free agents, like AJ Green, Andy Dalton, and Vontaze Burfict.

Hawkins is a valuable asset to this team with his speed and agility, but they are very deep at wide receiver. Although the latter end of his contract, at this point, is cap friendly, we have seen many players recently hold out for better contracts and more money, especially if they perform well in the front end of the deal.

This is one of the few free agent battles that the Bengals can afford to lose and not have too much fall back on them. Their depth includes AJ Green, Mohammed Sanu, Marvin Jones, and the recently re-signed Brandon Tate. It will be interesting to see what this may mean come draft day in May.

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  • Gary

    Seems like a lot of money to pay for someone who isn’t a starter. #4, I beleive. Come on, Browns.
    Hope this means they won’t go after Watkins in draft if he is available.

    • Ron Fulton

      They don’t need a WR they need linemen and linebackers, CB and safety. They need a lot.

      • Gary

        Don’t need a WR? Are you nuts?
        Yes, they need a lot. But, a WR is a big need. Who do they have besides Gordon?

        • Ron Fulton

          I’m talking about the Bengals. The Browns need everyhing

          • Gary

            Oh, okay. Browns are my team, but being from Ohio I do root for the Bengals when they aren’t playing the Browns.

          • Ron Fulton

            I do hope the Browns sign him. They deserve to be competitive and he would help them. He is of no help to the Bengals with the WR’s they have.

          • Gary

            Must be nice to be in that situation of having too many WR’s?
            I envy your team.

          • Ron Fulton

            Well we could sure use a LB, CB and safeties. Now that we lost Johnson and Collins, they must also be replaced. Were still some players short for a super bowl run.

          • [email protected]

            Well that wish may come sooner rather than later. rumors that Marshall Newhouse is suppose to visit is out there. He is an OT that could provide depth.

          • Ron Fulton

            Never heard of him. They need yo sign Jared Allen. He could hep.

          • [email protected]

            I fully agree Ron

          • Gary

            We are a lot of players short of a Super Bowl run.
            I would be happy to just get back to the Playoffs. And a winning record.

          • Ron Fulton

            I was a Brown fan before there was the Bengals so I can Sympathize. You guys have a good fan base you just need the right ownership and management.

          • Gary

            That would be a dream come true

        • [email protected]

          I agree, Jimmy Haslam has been putting himself out their trying to build something out of what seemed to be very little and this would be a good addition. He would be a #2 WR for them to start. Browns have been very active so far this offseason and it is for good reason. Haslam is a good guy and I think Cleveland could see that this year.

          • Gary

            Verdict is still out on Haslam. Reputation hasn’t made it easy to believe in him.
            I keep my fingers crossed. Of course I have been doing that since the Browns return to the NFL.

          • matthewwillson

            I will say this, at least Jimmy has the common sense that if something isn’t working, you change it. He hasn’t built a multi billion dollar business and one of the most successful travel center empires in the nation by just sitting and twiddling his thumbs.

  • Ron Fulton

    No way. Save the money for someone that can help them.