The Cincinnati Bengals have declined to match wide receiver Andrew Hawkins' offer sheet from the Browns.
In a statement from the team, head coach Marvin Lewis said:
"I don't want to let Andrew go without making note that he has been a very hard working and contributing player. 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.
"It's a given that we will invest in players to the limit of the salary cap, but the system means teams have to make choices, and we don't believe this match, at this time, would serve our goal of allocating resources roster-wide for the best possible team come September."
The 28-year-old Hawkins signed a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet from the Browns Wednesday. The Bengals had a deadline ...