He missed 8 games last season with an ankle injury, and with his size, you have to wonder how durable he will be. The NFL is a tough physical place, and when you only weigh 180 lbs, and you take hits from line-backers who out-weight you by 60lbs, your body takes a beating.
Hawkins comes into Cleveland hoping to be the spark the Browns offense needed to get things going.
The Browns signed him to a four-year deal worth, $13.6 million, including a $3.8 million signing bonus and $10.8 million over the first two years.
The Bengals weren’t going to match it and it took 5 days for Cleveland to get their man. Hawkins is no stranger to Cleveland. He tried to become a Cleveland Brown in 2008 by attending the rookie mini-camp as a tryout invitation.
He didn’t make it and he would go on to play with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, helping the team capture the Grey Cup both seasons.
He then found his way into the NFL with the St Louis Rams and then waived in 2011, that’s when the Bengals claimed him off the wires. He played in 35 NFL games, all with Cincinnati, totaling 86 receptions for 995 yards with four touchdowns. He also has 13 rushes for 58 yards.
The Cleveland front office sees something they like with Hawkins. Will he be the offensive weapon the team hopes he can be? He is a fast guy who can pick up a lot of yards after the catch.
We just have to hope he is durable enough to last the season. Lets hope Cleveland knows what they are doing with this free agent signing.
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