Bengals won't match Browns' offer for WR Andrew Hawkins
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Bengals won't match Browns' offer for WR Andrew Hawkins

The Bengals had until midnight Tuesday to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer that the Browns gave wide receiver Andrew Hawkins @YoungBabyHawk last week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals aren't going to make Hawkins wait until the witching hour. Schefter reports that the Bengals won't match the offer. "He's a Brown," Schefter wrote.

Fantasy Analysis:

Hawkins, 28, is a dynamic slot receiver who is known for breaking off big plays. However, he is very small -- 5-foot-7, 180 pounds -- and thus, more prone to injuries. He missed half of last season due to an ankle problem. But if he stays healthy, he fills out a solid trio of receivers available to the Browns' next starting quarterback. Hawkins in the slot with Josh Gordon @JOSH_GORDONXII out wide, and tight end Jordan Cameron down the seam is a lot of speed and athleticism for one defense to cover. I don't think this signing makes Hawkins anything more than a WR3 in fantasy, at the absolute best, but Cleveland's offense definitely looks better on paper than it did just a few weeks ago.
Now, the hardest part: They've got to find someone capable of getting the ball to all of those targets consistently.
I expect the Bengals to look for a wideout in the mid-to-late rounds of the upcoming draft.

Adam Schefter via Twitter

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I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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