Daily Dawg Tags: Appreciating Andrew Hawkins

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Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has announced his retirement, and Browns fans should only have fond memories of him.

Andrew Hawkins never led the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs. In fact, he was on the team in perhaps the worst season in franchise history.

However, it should be hard for any Browns fan to have anything negative to say about Hawkins after he announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon.

Hawkins spent three years with the Browns, and had a career year back in 2014 when the team got out to a great start with Brian Hoyer at the helm. Those were much simpler times.

Obviously, the team was much worse in the following two seasons, but Hawkins emerged as a leader for the Browns in some of the darkest days to be a member of the team. He was so respected the team agreed to release him this offseason so he could join a winner.

He did just that by going to the New England Patriots, but he knows his limits and has decided to leave the sport after a respectable career for both the Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. While leaving the NFL is a major decision, Hawkins will be busy as he is now set to focus on academic pursuits.

We take a look at this and more in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Former Brown Andrew Hawkins announces retirement

"The Cleveland Browns mutually parted ways with Andrew Hawkins this offseason, and the wide receiver recently announced his retirement from the NFL."

Biggest position battles heading into training camp

"The Cleveland Browns will open training camp with a lot of new faces, meaning there are several position battles set to get underway."

Cleveland Browns: Kai Nacua is ready to ‘go 100 percent’ (NFL Spin Zone)

"The Cleveland Browns drafted 10 players in the 2017 NFL Draft including three first-round picks, but undrafted rookie Kai Nacua could be one of their best additions."

Cleveland Browns training camp 2017: Safety preview (cleveland.com)

"The Browns enter 2017 assured of opening the season with their third safety pairing in as many years."

NFL news:

Steelers’ James Conner now has the best-selling jersey in the NFL (FanSided)

"James Conner was inching close to the top spot in NFL jersey sales and now he holds firm to that top spot."

Ravens’ Kenneth Dixon done for season after surgery (NFL.com)

"Kenneth Dixon’s meniscus tear is more extensive than the Baltimore Ravens originally believed."