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NY Jets and Washington Redskins could have interest in Andrew Hawkins

The Cincinnati Bengals won't receive anything if another team signs Hawkins to an offer sheet and the Bengals decide not to match.

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Let's call this a full-fledged rumor.

Nothing more.

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.

[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.