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Bengals Bites (3/19)

News and notes about the Cincinnati Bengals and the rest of the NFL.

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Andrew Hawkins hopes to be ‘a spark’ for Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns acquired Andrew Hawkins Tuesday after the Cincinnati Bengals decided not to match the contractual offer the Browns presented the speedy restricted free-agent veteran wide receiver five days ago.

Cleveland Browns swipe WR Andrew Hawkins from Cincinnati Bengals |
The Bengals decided not to match the Browns offer to Andrew Hawkins and he became a Brown today.

Free-agency review: Cincinnati Bengals - ESPN
To this point, Cincinnati's most significant free-agent signing has been a re-signing. By inking restricted free-agent linebacker Vincent Rey to a two-year deal, the Bengals maintained their depth at outside linebacker and kept a vital special-teams piece. The Bengals aren't known to make major free-agency splashes with players from the outside, so it was even more significant that they retained a well-regarded player who not only provides depth but also can start regularly.

Breaking down Dontay Moch's contract - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN

Drafted by the Bengals in the third round in 2011, Moch spent his first two NFL seasons in Cincinnati before being released during the preseason last year. Arizona eventually signed him and he played four games for the Cardinals at the start of last season, picking up two defensive tackles.

After one week of free agency, a team-by-team look at cap space available | ProFootballTalk

A week has elapsed since the start of free agency in the NFL. Teams have doled out millions of dollars worth of contracts and players have new teams to call home.

Source: Eagles want at least 3rd-round pick for DeSean Jackson | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

The Eagles might not be actively shopping DeSean Jackson but they’re picking up the phone and listening to offers.

Trade market heating up for Chris Johnson | ProFootballTalk

The Titans want to trade Chris Johnson. Johnson is willing to take less money (but not much less money) to make it happen. For now, it could be working. Per a league source, a trade market is emerging for Johnson. The market arises from real interest in Johnson from multiple teams.

Brandon Spikes of Buffalo Bills refutes New England Patriots' reason for putting him on IR - ESPN Boston

Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who signed with the Buffalo Bills last week, disputed New England's decision and reason for placing him on injured reserve in January. "I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report," Spikes said Monday during a radio interview with WGR in Buffalo. "That's just how things go there. Almost like what happened with [Aqib] Talib and his hip.