Hawkins was released by the Browns on Monday. Hawkins' release will save Cleveland $1.8 million in cap space heading into free agency, where they'll seek to retain the services of top wideout Terrelle Pryor. After posting a career-high 63 catches for 824 yards upon signing with the Browns in 2014, Hawkins saw his role diminished over the last couple years, culminating in just 33 grabs for 324 yards and three scores this past season. Soon to be 31 years old, the shifty veteran wideout will now seek to land elsewhere ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Hawkins snagged all five of his targets for nine yards during Sunday's season finale versus the Steelers. Hawkins' last catch of the season went for a loss of 14 yards, so his nine yards on five catches is a bit misleading. Overall for the season, though, it was a quiet year for the 30-year-old veteran. He found the end zone twice but hauled in just 33 catches for 324 yards. Hawkins is under contract until 2018, but the Browns may cut him loose and turn to their plethora of young receivers.
Hawkins secured one of two targets for 21 yards during Saturday's win over the Chargers. Hawkins hasn't seen many throws his way during the 2016 campaign, and the same could be said for Saturday. He was targeted just twice, bringing his season total to 49. He has very little fantasy value going forward, especially if he remains with the Browns, as rookies Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis figure to battle for the team's No. 3 receiver in 2017.
Hawkins secured his only target for 33 yards in Sunday's tilt with the Bills. Even though Hawkins caught just one pass, he still finished with more receiving yards than Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor (finger), highlighting Cleveland's offensive woes. The sixth-year man out of Toledo played just 52 percent of the snaps versus the Bills and doesn't figure to see his role increase any more in 2016.
Hawkins secured his only target for four yards in Sunday's matchup with the Bengals. The 30-year-old veteran has just two catches for 24 yards over his last four contests and is really nothing more than the fourth or fifth receiving option for Cleveland. He does have three touchdowns but hasn't found pay dirt since Week 8.
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