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Bengals planning to match Andrew Hawkins offer sheet from the Browns

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Cleveland signed Hawkins to a four-year offer sheet worth $12.2 million with over $4 million guaranteed (some cite a $5.3 million guaranteed).

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The Cincinnati Bengals will retain wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Hawkins, a restricted free agent, was given the lowest tender worth $1.431 million with original round compensation. Cleveland signed Hawkins to a four-year offer sheet worth $12.2 million with over $4 million guaranteed (some cite a $5.3 million guaranteed). The Bengals had seven days to match the offer or allow Hawkins to walk.

They're planning to match.

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.

It was originally believed that the team would allow Hawkins to leave, while giving players like Mohamed Sanu more work from the slot -- where he worked primarily last season.