So, about all of that matched-offer-Julian-Edelman stuff..
Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins officially signed the offer sheet proposed to him by the Cleveland Browns, and now it appears the Bengals will not match within their allotted time.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the offer is a four-year deal worth $13.6 million in total—more than both amounts which were originally reported—and that Hawkins stands to make $10.8 million in the first two years of the deal. This structure is not only in line with other deals the Browns have signed, but one that makes it increasingly difficult to match.
Albert Breer, also of NFL Network, reports that the Bengals are now unlikely to match.
B/c of the structure of Andrew Hawkins' now-signed offer sheet with the Browns, I'm told the Bengals rethought things, now unlikely to match
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2014
The Browns were thought to have moved on from Hawkins, a Toledo Rocket, aiming their contract-drawing pens at New England’s Julian Edelman, a Kent State Golden Flash. If these updated reports hold true, the team would be foolish to sink two free agent contracts into one package-based position, regardless of any mid-major Ohio ties.