Hawkinson let go by Bengals

By Steve Sell
September 06, 2015

McPherson native Tanner Hawkinson was released by the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday as the team made its final cuts to get down to the 53-man limit.

Hawkinson was entering his third year with the Bengals. The 6-5 and 300-pounder played in four games in two seasons and was often praised by team officials for his versatility as he could be three positions.

With a shortage of offensive linemen around the NFL, Hawkinson would figure to be high on other teams’ lists.

Hawkinson was a standout at McPherson High, earning All-State honors his senior year as he played tight end and defensive end. He went on to start 48 straight games for the University of Kansas.