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Bengals decline to match Hawkins offer

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Bengals decided not to match the offer sheet presented by the Cleveland Browns to wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.
Hawkins is a restricted free agent.  The Bengals sent out a press release Tuesday with the news.

Coach Marvin Lewis said in the release, "I don't want to let Andrew go without making note that he has been a very hard working and contributing player."  He continued, "He has set a great example of being a great teammate. But we're fortunate to have a lot of depth at wide receiver, and we're excited to move forward. Our leading receivers from last year will all return, and we have another group who know our system and have earned our confidence that they are ready to see more action."
The Bengals head coach agreed that the team will invest in players, but only to the limit of the "salary cap."

"And we don't believe this match, at this time, would serve our goal of allocating resources roster-wide for the best possible team come September," Lewis said.

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