Let's call this a full-fledged rumor.
Let me repeat those words. This is labeled under rumor, which is uncorroborated -- then again, that's why they're called rumors.
There's a possibility that the New York Jets could make a run at Andrew Hawkins.
I've learned the #Jets have serious interest in Bengals restricted free agent WR Andrew Hawkins, per source.— Jake Steinberg (@Steiny31) March 6, 2014
[NOTE: We asked about the reliability of this perspective to our brethren at Gang Green Nation and they confirmed that it's solid]
Hawkins was tendered the lowest salary with original round compensation. That means New York, or another team, could swoop in and sign Hawkins to a significant offer sheet. If the Bengals would decline to match, they receive nothing and lose a receiver -- then suddenly a need surfaces on the team's roster.
That being said, we figure that the Washington Redskins could also make a play on Hawkins due to his established relationship with former offensive coordinator, and now head coach, Jay Gruden.
After posting a career-year with 51 grabs, 533 yards receiving and four touchdowns in 2012, Hawkins only played eight games in 2013 after dealing with a high ankle sprain -- which largely impacted his overall participation.
We like Hawkins, who can be excitable as a threat from anywhere on the field. But losing him only ensures that Mohamed Sanu, who can do more from behind center and as a runner, claims the third spot on the team's 2014 roster. Plus Dane Sanzenbacher becomes relevant.