Jay Gruden jumped from running the Bengals offense to running everything for the Redskins this offseason and he may want one of his old players to come aboard his new ship.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins have made inquiries on wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, who is a restricted free agent that the Bengals tendered at the original round level. That gives Cincinnati the right to match any offer, but neither the Redskins nor any other team would have to fork over a draft pick because Hawkins was undrafted out of college.
Hawkins only played eight games last year because of injuries, catching 12 passes for 199 yards. He was more productive out of the slot in 2012 and isn’t the only receiver coming off a rough year that’s reportedly on the Redskins radar.
Jones reports that they’ve also made inquiries on Kenny Britt, who had just 11 catches in 12 games while playing a steadily diminished role in Tennessee last season. Britt has had numerous injuries and off-field troubles over the years, which should keep his price low enough for some team to take a flier that there’s something left of the player who looked so promising in his first two seasons.
With Josh Morgan and Santana Moss headed for free agency, Hawkins and Britt probably aren’t the only receivers under discussion in Washington.