The Cleveland Browns have reportedly nabbed one of their big free agent targets today as the Cincinatti Bengals have reportedly told Andrew Hawkins that they will not match the offer sheet he signed with the Browns:
Bengals not matching Browns offer sheet for Wr Andrew Hawkins. He's a Brown.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2014
The offer the #Browns made Andrew Hawkins was 4 years, $13.6M, paying him $10.8 in the first 2 years. Bengals decide to let him walk
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2014
That means that at midnight tonight, the official deadline, Hawkins will become a Brown and give the team a inside/slot dynamic threat that they have been missing. On the Bengals Hawkins was used seldomly but when he was he was electric. Hawkins has the ability to take a short pass and turn it into a very long gain and a toughness that doesn’t match his small stature.
The Browns have now added Hawkins and Ben Tate to an offense that struggled last year outside of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. With Hawkins taking routes that last year went to Davone Bess the Browns are quickly upgraded. The team still needs a #2 wide receiver, with many clamoring for one to be selected in the first round, specifically Sammy Watkins, but with the addition of Hawkins that need may be lessened.
The team could still address receiver early but expect that receiver to fit the outside receiver mold more then a slot guy. While Brandin Cooks and others could have great careers the Browns are more likely to look in the direction of Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin instead.
What do you think of this move now that its almost final? Think the Bengals should of matched? Think the Browns found a diamond in the rough in Hawkins? How do you think this will, or should impact their draft decisions?