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A.J. Hawk | Linebacker | #54

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/6/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / GB
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Free agent LB A.J. Hawk acknowledged he's officially retired from football.
The No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Hawk spent his first nine seasons in Green Bay, missing just two games. He then inked a short deal with the Bengals, lasting one season there and appearing in one game for the Falcons last year. Hawk was a decorated college player at Ohio State but was a bit overmatched in the NFL over the last half of his career. Hawk is now getting into broadcasting. Mon, Jul 10, 2017 10:46:00 PM

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Former Packers LB A.J. Hawk plans to retire after 11 seasons in the NFL.

The No. 5 overall pick by the Packers in the 2006 draft, Hawk never lived up to his draft status, but he was a reasonably effective starter for most of his nine-year run in Green Bay. Hawk finishes his career with 950 tackles, 20 sacks, and nine interceptions. He won a ring with Green Bay in 2010.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 09:56:00 AM

Falcons released LB A.J. Hawk and OG Mike Person.

Long one of the worst linebackers in football, Hawk had yet to play a snap since signing 21 days ago.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Falcons signed LB A.J. Hawk.

The Falcons desperately needed a fresh body with four of their linebackers injured. The Falcons will be Hawk's third team in three seasons after spending the first nine years of his career in Green Bay.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 02:54:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Falcons are interested in free agent LB A.J. Hawk.

Bringing Hawk in for a workout would be the logical next step, though that hasn't been announced yet. The Falcons are hurting at linebacker (literally) with De'Vondre Campbell (ankle), Deion Jones (calf), Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles) and Paul Worrilow (groin) all battling injuries. Hawk worked out for the Dolphins last month but didn't end up signing.
Tue, Oct 4, 2016 01:15:00 PM

Free agent LB A.J. Hawk will work out for the Dolphins this week.

The 32-year-old hasn't had much left in the tank for years now and spent the entire spring and summer on the street after being released by the Bengals in April. The Dolphins have very little linebacker depth.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 07:39:00 PM

Bengals released LB A.J. Hawk.

The veteran lasted just one season in Cincinnati. The No. 5 overall pick of the Packers in 2006, Hawk turned 32 in January and has been declining for years. It is unlikely he does better than a veteran minimum deal on the open market. Hawk became expendable after the Bengals added Karlos Dansby.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Bengals signed LB A.J. Hawk, formerly of the Packers.

Continuing to show concern about WLB Vontaze Burfict's microfracture surgery via their actions, the Bengals bring aboard a declining veteran in Hawk. He should be a steadying presence in the Bengals' locker room, but was a disappointment throughout his Packers career and a major liability in 2014.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 05:36:00 PM

Free agent ILB A.J. Hawk is visiting the Bengals Monday.

Hawk profiles as an outside linebacker in the Bengals' 4-3, likely serving as insurance for oft-injured WLB Vontaze Burfict. Burfict is currently rehabbing from microfracture surgery.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 08:20:00 AM

ESPN's Ben Goessling reports the Vikings have expressed interest in free agent ILB A.J. Hawk.

The Vikings have a need at middle linebacker with Jasper Brinkley unlikely to be re-signed. Hawk was reduced to a part-time role last year and is one month removed from ankle surgery, but could be a starting option in Minnesota. Hawk is scheduled to visit with the Bengals next week.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 07:17:00 PM

The Bengals plan to host free agent ILB A.J. Hawk next week.

Although he's been an inside linebacker throughout his career, Hawk could conceivably compete on the outside in the Bengals' 4-3. The team is clearly worried about WLB Vontaze Burfict's recovery from microfracture surgery.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 04:25:00 PM

The Packers haven't closed the door on bringing back free agent ILB A.J. Hawk.

Of course, a lot would have to go wrong for that to be the case. The most likely scenario is that Green Bay will either add a linebacker in free agency or pick one up in the draft. But if they strike out on both fronts, the Packers could re-sign Hawk for the veteran's minimum ($870,000). That's assuming Hawk doesn't land with another team in free agency.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 09:58:00 AM

Packers released ILB A.J. Hawk.

A no-brainer move by Green Bay, Hawk's release saves $3.5 million against the cap. Hawk graded out as a bottom-ten inside linebacker by PFF last year and is one month removed from ankle surgery. He'll likely have to settle for one-year deals in free agency. The Packers need cap room to sign in-house free agents Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga, and Davon House. Kansas City would be a sensible landing spot for Hawk. The Chiefs are incredibly thin at inside linebacker and GM John Dorsey was in Green Bay's front office when Hawk was drafted.
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 04:41:00 PM

A.J. Hawk underwent ankle surgery after the season.

Dr. James Andrews removed bone spurs from Hawk's ankle back in January. This would explain Hawk's limited snap count late in the season. Though Hawk has been mentioned as a player Green Bay could release for salary cap purposes, coach Mike McCarthy says the team has no plans to cut him. The 31-year-old is entering the final year of his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 10:39:00 AM

Releasing A.J. Hawk would save the Packers $3.5 million against the cap.

It seems like a no-brainer. Hawk barely played down the stretch (31.1 percent of snaps over the last seven games) and the Packers need cap room to lock up Randall Cobb long-term. At age 31 and moving slower than ever, Hawk isn't worth a $5.1 million cap hit. Veterans Brad Jones and Julius Peppers could also find themselves on the chopping block this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Feb 16, 2015 03:29:00 PM

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