Another free agent it’s been reported that the Redskins have inquired about is Cincinnati Bengals restricted free agent wide receiver Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins has primarily played in the slot for the Bengals and this is an area of need for the Redskins, particularly if they don’t re-sign Santana Moss.
However, Hawkins is a restricted free agent, not unrestricted. But with the Bengals only assigning him with an original pick tender, the Redskins wouldn’t have to give them a draft pick, as Hawkins was an undrafted free agent. The Bengals would only have the option to match whatever offer the Redskins gave Hawkins though.
But I think making him an offer might be a good idea. Hawkins was out most of last season for the Bengals with an ankle injury. And although he hasn’t put up mind-blowing stats during his time with the Bengals, it’s possible that he could if the Redskins signed him and gave him a bigger role in their offense.
Andrew Hawkins already has a relationship with new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, and Gruden was recently the Bengals offensive coordinator. So the Redskins would already know what they’d be getting. The only question is would the Bengals match the offer the Redskins gave to Hawkins?
His tender value is $1.431 million. So the Redskins would more than likely have to offer him more than that for the Bengals to decline to match. But whatever the offer might be, it would certainly be less than the Redskins would need to fork over to the more prominent free agent names at wide receiver.