NFL Gives Bengals Midnight Deadline To Match Browns' Offer To Andrew Hawkins

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The Andrew Hawkins saga will conclude at the strike of midnight, which is an extension off of a previously-reported 4PM EST deadline.

Warning: we are going to relay news on the Andrew Hawkins offer sheet situation. You may want to buckle up.

One would be hard-pressed to find a situation with more twists and turns for an NFL player that isn't largely deemed a starter. After the sound of the gun of free agency last week, the Cleveland Browns came out of the gate screaming. They signed safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Karlos Dansby and had interest in a plethora of other big-name players. They also submitted an offer sheet to Bengals restricted free agency wide receiver, Andrew Hawkins.

If you need a reminder of all that has happened since the offer sheet was given to Hawkins, you should read this post from last week that summarizes the events. That article contained a report that the Bengals were not going to match the lucrative offer for the slot receiver, and  head coach Marvin Lewis remained mum on whether the Bengals would make a move by the 4PM EST deadline on Tuesday.

According to a report by Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal, that deadline has been pushed back to midnight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

And, to add one final twist to the Hawkins story, Coley Harvey of ESPN says there is still a chance for the club to match the offer sheet:

Regardless of the which decision the Bengals make on Hawkins, it will likely be at the eleventh hour. Teams like to play mental chess with each other and we wouldn't expect that to cease in this situation with two division rivals squaring off for a player. For those who may be heavily interested in the Hawkins situation, you may want to stay up late tonight.

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