Andrew Hawkins is set to become the Browns’ No. 2 receiver, as the Bengals have decided not to match Cleveland’s offer.
Hawkins, a restricted free agent, agreed to a four-year offer sheet with the Browns at the start of free agency.
At first, the Bengals were expected to exercise their right to match the offer and keep Hawkins. But once the Bengals saw the way the contract was structured, they decided Hawkins wasn’t worth the investment. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bengals officially informed Hawkins today that they will not be matching his offer.
The total value of the contract is $13.6 million, but the deal is front-loaded, and Hawkins makes $10.8 million in the first two seasons. That was the aspect of it the Bengals didn’t like.
So now Hawkins will head to Cleveland, where he joins one of the best receivers in the league, Josh Gordon. The Browns are putting together some good young talent. Now they need a quarterback.