He retired. He was likely our best candidate off the edge.
Give this some thought. Were the Roughies telling Hawkins that they would have to release him prior to camp? Did they have this chat and Hawk decided to retire?
Does his retirement create cap space to get Chick. Make no bones about it that the Riders can't afford Chick unless some money is freed up? They have several high priced O-lineman, Darian, Dressler and Geroy. Someone that makes enough glue needs to go if they are pursuing John Chick. And Chick is hanging onto hopes of another NFL deal?
Maybe Hawkins just felt he would pursue life after football. His potential retirement came up last season but he felt a good vibe from the new coach and wanted to play on.
Just the timing seems weird? But if the Riders can't replace the guy the timing is bad!!!!!! They are already guessing and hoping a few D-lineman stepup?