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The Cincinnati Bengals, like any good NFL franchise, go into each offseason with some important roster decisions to make. Knowing who to keep and who to allow to leave is difficult, but the top franchises know how to do it well. The 2013 Bengals squad was a talented one that made its third straight playoff trip, so naturally, with free agency looming, other teams are looking to Cincinnati for guys to fill their own team’s roster. One player who has drawn attention is receiver Andrew Hawkins.
Hawkins has become a fan favorite in Cincinnati where, in 2012, he flourished, catching 51 passes and making a number of electrifying plays. Injuries shortened his 2013 campaign, but he did have some great plays to add to his resume. With the season over, the restricted free agent was tendered the lowest salary with original round compensation by the Bengals. If another team makes an offer, the Bengals have the right to match it, but would receive no compensation in return if they decline to match the offer. There are teams that are interested.
The first team that comes to mind is the Washington Redskins, led by Hawkins’ former offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Gruden knows what the diminutive speedster can do, and could use him to open up his offense. Another team rumored to be interested is the New York Jets. Sources have indicated that Hawkins is a possible target for a team in need of playmakers. Either of those locations would be viable and give Hawkins a home. Bengals fans hope these rumors stay just rumors, because for them, his home is in Cincinnati.