Cleveland Browns release veteran receiver

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Cleveland Browns release veteran receiver

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Andrew Hawkins #16 of the Cleveland Browns gets tackled by Darryl Roberts #27 of the New York Jets during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns have released wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.

Hawkins, 30, spent the last three seasons in Cleveland after three seasons in Cincinnati.

“It’s tough to say goodbye to men like Hawk, that have done everything you’ve asked of them and gone above and beyond when it comes to leadership,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “Hawk was a rock for us last season. He kept our locker room together and led by example as he gave everything he had on the field. Our young players are going to be better players and better people because of the time they spent with Andrew Hawkins.”

Hawkins caught 123 passes for 1,424 yards and five touchdowns for the Browns. His biggest season came in 2014 — his first in Cleveland — when he caught 63 passes for 824 yards. He tied for second on the team last season with 33 receptions.

In a statement, Hawkins thanked the Browns coaching staff, front office and the fans for the support during his time in Cleveland.

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