Andrew Hawkins has been one of the most consistent wide receivers for the Cleveland Browns. That means he has largely flown under the radar for one of the worst teams in the memory of the NFL. If he wants to continue his NFL career with a Super Bowl candidate, he can, as he and the Browns have mutually agreed to part ways.

Out of Cleveland

In a 2-minute video on the "Uninterrupted" platform, Hawkins announced that his time as a member of the Cleveland Browns was over. Shortly afterward, the team announced the mutual parting of ways. The wide receiver met with the team last week, where they decided that it was in the best interest of both to end his contract, which had one year remaining on it.

Hawkins served as one of the most reliable options for a bevy of Browns quarterbacks over the past three years. Over his tenure with the team, he made 123 receptions for 1,424 yards and five touchdowns, including 33 receptions for 324 yards and three touchdowns last season. Over that time, the Browns won just 11 games.

What's next

Hawkins is now 30-years-old, and will be 31 by the time the 2017 NFL season rolls around. Outside of strong years in 2014 and 2012 (when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals), he has been little more than a serviceable third or fourth option at wide receiver. He'll latch on to a team if he wants to continue his playing career -- which started in the Canadian Football League -- but he certainly won't be a major option for anyone after leaving the Browns.

Meanwhile, the Browns will have to figure out what's next after parting ways with one of their veteran wide receivers. Hawkins wasn't spectacular, but he was a safety blanket for quarterbacks to look towards. Now, the team doesn't know what they will be doing at quarterback and will have no real NFL experience at the receiver position.

The team will look to bring back Terrelle Pryor after his breakout season at the position, but that option won't be cheap, potentially leaving them to look for bargain options in free agency or the NFL Draft.

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