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A.J. Hawk | Linebacker

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/6/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 235
College: Ohio State
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Packers ILB A.J. Hawk played all but 10 of the Packers' defensive snaps over the final 13 games last season.
Hawk was used in a two-down role in 2012, but assumed every-down duties last season after Brad Jones suffered a Week 5 hamstring injury. Jones opened the season as Green Bay's every-down 'backer, but only saw a situational role after returning in Week 9. The Packers may still look to upgrade on Jones. Apr 25 - 12:35 PM

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Packers ILB A.J. Hawk's pay cut stretches across the final three seasons of his contract and will cost him at least $7.25 million in potential earnings.

The immediate pay cut is $1.85 million in 2013, and Hawk's 2014-2015 salaries were slashed by $2.45 million and $2.85 million, respectively. In exchange, the Packers guaranteed $2.21 million of Hawk's new 2013 base salary ($3.6 million). Hawk, 29, graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 20 inside linebacker in 2012. He was adequate against the run but a liability versus the pass.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Packers ILB A.J. Hawk has taken a pay cut.

Hawk staves off release yet again. How big of a cut is unclear, but Hawk was due $5.2 million between salary and bonuses. He was set to count a whopping $7.05 million against the cap. The inside linebacker GM Ted Thompson just can't quit will likely be returning to a starting job next to Desmond Bishop, although Hawk will have to hold off D.J. Smith and Rob Francois.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 05:27:00 PM

The agent for ILB A.J. Hawk said he expects to have restructuring talks with the Packers soon.

Hawk's camp seems resigned to accepting a pay cut. He's set to count $7.05 million against the cap in 2013, way too much coin for a two-down inside linebacker. Hawk also lacks leverage as the Packers could save $5.45 million in cap space by simply cutting him.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 11:13:00 AM

The Packers could save $5.45 million in cap space by releasing ILB A.J. Hawk.

Hawk is coming off a solid bounce-back season that saw him pile up a career-high 120 tackles, but is now 29 and the Packers have options on the inside. Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and D.J. Smith (knee) are both expected to return healthy and free agent Brad Jones could be retained cheaply. It's highly unlikely the Pack will keep both Hawk and Charles Woodson.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 10:15:00 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests ILB A.J. Hawk may have to take a pay cut to return in 2013.

Hawk and talks of pay cuts go hand-in-hand every offseason. The 29-year-old is scheduled to earn $5.2 million in 2013 after racking up a career-high 120 tackles this season. Hawk graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 20 inside 'backer in 2012, which is much better than his cellar-dwelling days of 2010 and 2011.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 11:13:00 PM

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, there's been "no indication" Packers ILB AJ Hawk's job is in danger.

Hawk was soft against the run and didn't make his usual impact in coverage last season, but apparently still maintains an edge over 2011 sixth-rounder D.J. Smith, who played well down the stretch. Hawk's $4.4 million salary could have something to do with that, though it's possible he'll be asked to take a pay-cut.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 05:20:00 PM

Despite a $4.4 million base salary in 2012, Packers ILB AJ Hawk is believed to be in no danger of losing his roster spot.

Asked if Hawk would be returning, coach Mike McCarthy replied, "A.J.? I have no reason to think he wouldn't be." Hawk reportedly drew derisive whispers from teammates after what was arguably the worst season of his career, and McCarthy suggested that 2011 sixth-rounder D.J. Smith will "push" for a starting job this season. Hawk's salary may be revisited in August.
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 01:10:00 AM

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, there have been "whispers" amongst Packers ILB AJ Hawk's teammates about "how little his game has to offer."

Signed to a new five-year, $33.8 million deal last March as Nick Barnett was allowed to walk, Hawk tallied just 84 tackles and 1.5 sacks while failing to force a turnover in 14 games this season. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' 35th best 3-4 inside linebacker. A favorite of GM Ted Thompson, Hawk is unlikely to be released despite his 2012 base salary of $4.4 million.
Sun, Jan 22, 2012 09:57:00 AM

Packers ILB AJ Hawk left Sunday's game against the Lions with a calf injury and will not return.

The Packers have lost both their starting inside linebackers to calf injuries in this game. Robert Francois replaced Hawk and promptly picked off Matthew Stafford.
Thu, Nov 24, 2011 02:48:00 PM

Packers ILB AJ Hawk had the "last piece of hardware" removed from his surgically repaired right wrist two weeks ago.

Hawk went under the knife in February and doesn't expect to miss any time during training camp. He's even planning on playing in the American Century Classic golf tournament next month. Hawk will take over for Nick Barnett at inside linebacker this season. He's a safe bet for 80-90 tackles.
Thu, Jun 23, 2011 08:28:00 AM

A.J. Hawk admitted that his surgically repaired wrist is still not completely healed, but says he will be "perfectly fine" for training camp.

Hawk is working out six days a week with a brace now after being in a cast for the last couple months. The injury won't be a real concern as he prepares to step into Nick Barnett's shoes at inside linebacker.
Mon, May 9, 2011 09:59:00 AM

Packers ILB AJ Hawk's new five-year contract has a $33.75 million max value and includes an $8 million signing bonus.

Hawk is getting $10.95 million in the first year -- $450K more than he would've received without being cut. The Packers now own his rights through 2015, however, and it doesn't look like any of the future years contain guaranteed money. If Hawk plays well and the Packers hold onto him throughout the first three seasons, he can make $21.35 million in 2011-2013.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 06:20:00 PM

Multiple teams reportedly expressed interest in ILB AJ Hawk after he was cut by the Packers on Wednesday.

Hawk, of course, signed a new five-year deal with the Packers on Thursday, but it's possible things wouldn't have moved so swiftly had other teams not expressed such quick interest. There is widespread speculation that Hawk's re-signing spells the end of the Nick Barnett era in Green Bay.
Sat, Mar 5, 2011 09:49:00 AM

Packers re-signed ILB AJ Hawk to a five-year contract.

Hawk, 27, is expected to receive in the vicinity of $30-35 million in max value, with over $10 million guaranteed. We can't say we're in the love with the deal, but by all accounts Hawk is a coaching staff favorite despite his on-field deficiencies. He's not a stout run defender as 3-4 inside linebackers are supposed to be. For his part, Hawk ranked 22nd in the NFL in tackles last season, and the only linebacker with more pass breakups than Hawk was Kansas City's Derrick Johnson. Hawk also notched three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 12:49:00 PM

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