Monday, March 10, 2014
Britt, Hawkins on Redskins' radar
By John Keim
If the Redskins upgrade at receiver, it might take a reclamation project to help them do so. According to multiple sources, the Redskins are interested in Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt, whose career to date has been marked by an inability to maximize his so-called potential.
A team source also said the Redskins are interested in restricted free agent receiver Andrew Hawkins. They also could be in on free agent running back Darren Sproles, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman.
None of these names should be surprising given that the first two have been attached to the Redskins for some time. Hawkins played for Redskins coach Jay Gruden in Cincinnati. Hawkins is restricted, but the Bengals gave him a low tender. That means the Bengals would have the ability to match, but the Redskins would not have to surrender any compensation because he was an undrafted free agent.
If the Redskins sign Hawkins, it likely would mean the end of Santana Moss' Redskins career. They still feel he can play, but Hawkins is younger and faster. He's caught 86 career passes in three seasons, although he missed eight games this past season with a high ankle sprain.
If nothing else, Hawkins, who turned 28 on Monday, is a terrific story, as this Sports Illustrated article can attest.
Britt is a classic case of signing a guy just in case he finally achieves what many thought he might upon being a first-round pick in 2009. He's caught 157 passes in five seasons but never more than 45, and in three seasons he's played in 12 games or fewer. He tore his ACL in 2011, and the knee has reportedly been an issue since that time. Britt also has had multiple run-ins with the police since entering the league and was suspended for one game in 2012 after an arrest on suspicion of DUI.
At one point the Redskins were thought to be interested in receiver Hakeem Nicks, too. But that interest might have cooled.