by Aaron Wilson
March 18, 02014
The Cincinnati Bengals declined to match the $13.6 million offer sheet on restricted free agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.
“I don't want to let Andrew go without making note that he has been a very hard working and contributing player," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a stawtement. "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 deal includes a $3 million signing bonus, according to league sources.
The deal includes a 2014 base salary of $1.8 million guaranteed for skill and injury.
In 2015, Hawkins' $2.3 million base salary has $500,000 of it guaranteed for injury only.
He has nonguaranteed base salaries of $2.5 million in 2016 and $2.6 million in 2016.
The contract includes $900,000 worth of escalator clauses throughout the course of the deal.
Hawkins got the low tender, so there is no draft pick compensation.
In three seasons with the Bengals, Hawkins has caught 86 passes for 995 yards and four touchdowns.
Hawkins is an extremely athletic, elusive slot receiver who also has kick returner skills.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun