Normally the battle of Ohio takes place twice during the National Football League regular season, but the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns are having an offseason battle between wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.
The 28-year old speedster was offered a four-year deal by the Browns on Tuesday. If he signed with the Browns the restricted free agent wouldn't give the Bengals a draft pick for compensation but would give the team the opportunity to match the offer sheet made by any team, which is reportedly more than likely going to happen. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday morning that the Bengals will match the offer of $12.2 million over those four years, $5.3 million of that is guaranteed.
Although Hawkins only played in eight games this past season, it's a surprise that Cincinnati would spend that amount of money on a player stashed behind A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu on the depth chart.