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Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

Posted on: March 2, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 5:55 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a move that seemingly was made only for financial reasons, the Packers released LB A.J. Hawk this afternoon.

Hawk You might not realize this, but Hawk led the Super Bowl champs in total tackles this season with 111 (his best number since his rookie season), and he’s been a full-time starter since Green Bay drafted him in 2006.

But Hawk also was slated to make a guaranteed $10 million for 2011, and clearly, Green Bay wasn’t interested in doling out that kind of cash, particularly when the Packers have a glut of inside linebackers (Desmond Bishop, Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar) on their roster.

That, however, doesn’t mean Hawk is done in Green Bay. He certainly could be tempted to return to the Packers if he’s willing to accept a reduced deal.

Of course, for a team that needs help in its 3-4 defense and wants to spend some cash at the ILB position, Hawk could make a pretty great addition.

Said Packers GM Ted Thompson in a statement released by the team: "With A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision. We’re hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:01 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

   Hawke is a mediocre linebacker who gets his fame because his hair is long, blonde, and he's married to Brady Quinn's sister. He's also got a HOF name.


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Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2011 2:34 pm
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Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 9:24 am
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

Maybe the Redskins will pay him $100 million.  At least he won't bring the HaynesworthLESS baggage to DC.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:53 am
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

Vader is right on the money,  hawk is a contributor, but he's not a great LB worth 10 mil.  I watched him from the first family night at GB and over the last several years,  he filles the spot well,  but he is not and will never be a "great" LB. I applaude what GB is doing.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:40 am
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

green bay will regret this move if he doesn't resign.  he called all the plays for the defense, led the team on and off the field.  look at some game film and you'll see he is truly valuable.  his ability to cover the inside allowed clay mathews the room to work, not taking anything away from clay.  think the jets have the money to sign him?



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:14 am
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

He led the Super Bowl champs in tackles, he either gets his money or should leave.




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:05 am
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

Aswide from the bickering going on here...what I see in this is another reason that the labor realtions in the NFL are the way they are.  The packers don't want to pay Hawk the $10 mil.  I'm not saying he's worth 10mil, I'm saying they agreed to a contract to pay him 10 mil this year.  Now they've decided oops...we don't want to pay him that so we'll cut him.  Then he'll have to sign for less money.  But it doesn't work the other way!  How many times have we seen a player outperform his contract and say I want more money or I'm holding out or trade me or I'm never playing again.  The owners always say screw you you signed a contract and have 2 years left!  What gives!  Maybe I'm missing something here but the owners certainly seem to have the upper hand in all dealings and contracts.  Now they want to lock them out because they want more??  I'm no expert but Sure seems ridculous.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 7:57 am
 

Packers cut Hawk and his $10 million salary

Jagnuts,

The Eagles are going nowhere.  It doesn't matter if they have a young team - their defense and their D.C. is awful.  Not the same Eagles defense as previous years.  Get used to seeing the PACK in the Superbowl more often.  Have fun wasting your money on Vick.


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