In other roster moves, the Patriots waived undrafted rookie wide receiver Perez Ashford and veteran offensive lineman Nick McDonald, Curran reported. McDonald (6-4, 305) played 16 regular-season games for the Pats in the last two seasons, making two starts at center in 2011 and one start at right guard in 2012.
Hawkins, 27, signed with New England in May after five seasons with Tennessee (2008-2012). Hawkins, who played collegiately at Cal, has caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one TD in his NFL career.
With Hawkins and Ashford departing, the Patriots have 10 wide receivers on the roster.