The Cleveland Browns got their man Andrew Hawkins. The question is, did the Browns pay too much money for the 5’7″ 180lbs. wide receiver? Hawkins is a small guy with a lot of speed.

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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Readers Comments (5)

  1. Leon II

    Wes Welker 5’9″ 185
    DeSean Jackson 5’10 175
    Steve Smith 5’9″ 185
    Dexter McCluster 5’8″ 170
    Tavon Austin 5’9″ 174
    T.Y. Hilton 5’9″ 178
    Percy Harvin 5’11” 184

    Smaller receivers will get hurt especially playing in the slot, but when you find a good one they are worth every penny. Let’s hope Hawkins is one of them worth the money. His height worries me more then his weight.

    • LG

      You see what I am saying Leon, all those guys are bigger than Hawkins……LOL

  2. Bobby D

    LG, spot on. I know we got money to spend but lets not be stupid. Hawk seems like a good slot WR. But who knows lets see him play an entire season. I think my problem is with the gaurenteed money.

    But with his hieght he should get lost in the crowd and not easy to see unless you are looking for him. You know where’s Waldo.

    • LG

      I hope they still consider drafting a player like Watkins. Put him out there with Gordon and lets see the DB’s cover them….

  3. superdouche

    small yes but unlike our current wrs he can catch and gets yac if we don’t take Watkins and Hyde with 4 and 26 and keep Lewis cut the rest draft ol help and a 4th or 5th rd qb and get a cb free agent or draft it will be a huge huge disappointment here in Cleveland


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