Originally written on cover32 - Browns  |  Last updated 1/24/15
Yesterday, the Browns finally got the man they’ve been looking for when they stole Andrew Hawkins away from the Bengals. As Hawkins was a restricted free agent, Cincinnati had the option to match Cleveland’s offer of a four-year, $13.6 million contract, but after using five days to mull the decision over, they let their wide receiver walk. “I don’t want to let Andrew go without making note that he has been a very hard working and contributing player,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “He has set a great example of being a great teammate. But we’re fortunate to have a lot of depth at wide receiver, and we’re excited to move forward. Our leading receivers from last year will all return, and we have another group who know our system and have earned our confidence that they are ready to see more action.” While an inter-division player swap is always interesting, the story should really be about Hawkins. In 2012, he had a breakout season with 51 receptions, 533 receiving yards and four t...
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