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A.J. Hawk | Linebacker | #50

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/6/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / GB
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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. Apr 26 - 12:00 PM

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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

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.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 12:35:00 PM

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

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