Packers cut A.J. Hawk

We didn’t expect Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk to see the $10.5 million he’d be guaranteed on the first day of the league year, and now it’s official that he won’t.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Packers have released Hawk.

However, that doesn’t mean Hawk is gone for good. According to Schefter, there are some who believe a new deal for Hawk is coming, and he’ll stay in Green Bay.

Hawk was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, and although he’s started every game but three in his first five NFL seasons, he hasn’t been quite the star the Packers thought they were drafting. So it’s no surprise he won’t be getting that $10.5 million. Even if the Packers are still able to keep him around.

81 responses to “Packers cut A.J. Hawk

  1. Boy, those Ohio State LBs sure are looking good the last few days.

  2. Looks like his fellow girly girl hairedLB-Clay Mathews- showed GB how average Hawk was!

  3. Damn!

    But this could pan out for two reasons:

    1. Its still possible we resign him to a long term deal at a lower annual price after the lockout.
    2. On the other hand it could allow us to draft a stud ILB if they see one available

    It could also be disasterous because AJ’s best attribute apparently was his ability to relay defensive calls and communicate with his teammates.

    I hope this works, and/or AJ wants back!

  4. he could’ve been better. for a high draft pick at middle linebacker, he should’ve been better. nice guy, though.

  5. They should have figured that out before making him the sixth pick coming from Ohio State. It took them this long to eat crow.

  6. I don’t remember people thinking Hawk was going to be a super star. I remember people saying he is the safe pick of the draft meaning he might become a great player but at worse will be a solid starter. A solid starter is what the Pack got.

    He will be resigned and Barnett will be released.

  7. Not too surprising considering they have a younger, better, and cheaper player in Desmond Bishop.

  8. Whoa! That blows! He might not be the player they expected, but he’s still damn good and dependable. Someone might end up with a good player here if the Packers slip!

  9. Hopefully the Pack will be able to sign him for less money. If they do, Hawk would most likely be backing up Dez Bishop, so it is not worth paying a backup 10 million.

  10. He’s not terrible by any means and would be a solid option for a lot of teams. He plays more like a second round pick as opposed to a top ten guy. That’s troublesome for a guy making 3 times more than where how he plays. He’ll catch on somewhere if he can’t reach a deal with the Packers.
    Sidenote: he’s still the ugliest person I’ve ever seen.

  11. A post within that link above:

    dkbats:

    “I think its funny that there are so many wannbe experts calling for the Packers to unload AJ. These people obviously didn’t watch how he played this season. If he hadn’t been there we would have been in a bad way, and like it or not, he made playes that helped us get a super Bowl, and his stats and game film bare that out. I’d like to know why the people doing the AJ Hawk bashing aren’t playing inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, or sitting behind Ted Thompsons desk.”

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    Hey dkbats: nice call.

  12. Hawk obviously hasn’t lived up to what Green Bay expected but has been solid for most of his time there. I hope they bring him back…

  13. Bring him back Ted! Hawk should know he didnt earn the 10.5 mil anyway and she be willing to deal…

  14. Only the Vikings are stupid enough to think a LB is worth $10 Mil. But if they made smart personnel decisions, they wouldn’t be finishing in last place.

  15. He is much more suited to the 4-3 than the 3-4 and seemed lost the first year after the transition. While he was better last season, his contributions in the 3-4 don’t merit $10.5M.

    I could see a lot of 4-3 teams making a run at him and as a Broncos fan I wouldn’t mind at all if they were one of the teams that showed interest.

  16. Get him back. NOW. Hoping this is a cut and resign move. I don’t see Hawk as thinking he deserved that money. I think a new deal is in the works already.

    Barnett and Chillar are far more expendable than Hawk. Hope they get sent elsewhere on one of the three draft days.

  17. I would love him next to Laurainatis in St.Louis. 2 Buckeye LB’s would be pretty cool

  18. I think all pro sports players are over paid, with that said there is such a thing as loyalty and being compensated for your performance in line with the current market price. Hawk may not be the dominate player that the front office expected but he is a quality linebacker and has played very well for the Packers. The front office expects loyalty from the players and fans but when it is to be returned they give out the old ‘its only business’ excuse. Pity the fans can’t tell the teams that they’re not worth the money after a so-so year and the ticket prices go up anyway. I for one hope Hawk is back with them next year.

  19. Guess the Packers are over the NFL quota for players with sissy hair. Clay stays ,Hawk goes..

  20. keramidas21 says:
    Mar 2, 2011 6:07 PM
    Hopefully the Pack will be able to sign him for less money. If they do, Hawk would most likely be backing up Dez Bishop, so it is not worth paying a backup 10 million.

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    Just gotta say, who will play next to Bishop? Bishop and Hawk are the unquestioned starters in this 34 scheme, and guys like Barnett and Chillar are out on the street if they can’t package with picks and swing a draft day trade with either of them.

  21. JimmySmith says:
    Mar 2, 2011 6:36 PM
    Only the Vikings are stupid enough to think a LB is worth $10 Mil. But if they made smart personnel decisions, they wouldn’t be finishing in last place.

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    one more and I will promise to shut up.

    JimmySmith, that’s it exactly. They probably waited to make this move until Minnesota took care of Greenway and would be off of the market while they work to resign him quickly.

  22. JimmySmith says:
    Mar 2, 2011 6:36 PM
    Only the Vikings are stupid enough to think a LB is worth $10 Mil. But if they made smart personnel decisions, they wouldn’t be finishing in last place.

    Duece5 says:

    Jimmy….dude, you have a Viking complex!
    Get over it…..By the way….Hawk can”t hold Greenway’s jock….not even close dude!

  23. JimmySmith says: Mar 2, 2011 6:36 PM

    Only the Vikings are stupid enough to think a LB is worth $10 Mil. But if they made smart personnel decisions, they wouldn’t be finishing in last place.
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    So the plan all along was to cut hawk instead of paying him what he was contractually offered? Well, I’m sure that little tidbit will do wonders in future negotiations…..

    Yet another pearl of wisdom from the biggest idiot I’ve ever seen use proper grammar.

    Hey, Jimmy, you do know that two years ago the Packers were 6-10 and the Vikings were 10-6, right? They were two bunny wins against the 0-16 Lions from matching their 2005 last-place finish of 4-12. Must have been some pretty stupid personnel moves that led to that…..

  24. thatdude2309 says: Mar 2, 2011 5:40 PM

    Come to buffalo We will take u
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    Who wouldn’t Buffalo take at this point???

  25. The guy is a 4-3 OLB, he isnt a 3-4 LB. EVERYONE asking for him to go to their team seems to have 3-4 defenses, not sure why anyone can’t understand he’s not a good fit there.

  26. The Packers will re-sign him to a restructured contract that will be the envy of all people in the world. Similar to the one a public bus driver gets in the state of Wisconsin.

  27. You know your team is good with depth when you cut A.J. Hawk. Of course, it’s just so they can renegotiate but still.

  28. contra74 says:
    Mar 2, 2011 6:05 PM
    Cue the idiots who will claim the Vikings will scoop up Packer leftovers.
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    Looks like the only idiot is you….cue…cue…cue. Just kidding of course. But as a Viking fan I would love to sign Hawk. He’s a hell of a player. I am envious of GBs depth.

  29. JimmySmith says:
    Mar 2, 2011 6:36 PM
    Only the Vikings are stupid enough to think a LB is worth $10 Mil. But if they made smart personnel
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    Only you would turn a Packer thread into a Viking bashing thread. Why are you so infatuated with a team that you supposedly despise so much?

  30. Who cares if he can play or not?

    That won’t keep the Bengals and Browns from slobbering over each other to try to land an ex-buckeye.

  31. ejmat2 says: Only you would turn a Packer thread into a Viking bashing thread

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    Do you mean to say that you don’t see any similarities? Both teams had LB’s that are at the end of their contracts. One team paid $10 mil, the other team did not. One team just won the Superbowl, the other team never won it. One team ran the table at the end of the year, the other team finished in last place. Even you can’t deny that the spending decisions have an impact on a team and paying BrINT $17 mil, Jar Head, $70 mil, Berrian, $44 mil helped the Vikings how? Finish in last place?

  32. The fact that fans of 10-15 NFL teams are posting on this thread to say they’d take him in a heartbeat is proof enough for me that the Packers would be making a mistake if they don’t get something done to keep him in GB. I agree that $10M would be overpaying the guy, but find a middle ground and take care of this man. he stepped up bigtime last year and took on the defensive play-calling, excelled in that role. I’d much rather have Hawk than Barnett.

    For the guy who says Bishop is taking his job, have you even watched the Packers play at all the past couple seasons? They play a 3-4 defense, thats 4 linebackers, 2 in the middle — Bishop and Hawk are both on the field at the same time, pal.

  33. AJ Hawk called the defense for the Packers. He’s not a super star but a solid starter in the league. He’ll be back in Green Bay in due time.

  34. JimmySmith says: Mar 2, 2011 9:38 PM

    ejmat2 says: Only you would turn a Packer thread into a Viking bashing thread

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    Do you mean to say that you don’t see any similarities? Both teams had LB’s that are at the end of their contracts. One team paid $10 mil, the other team did not. One team just won the Superbowl, the other team never won it. One team ran the table at the end of the year, the other team finished in last place. Even you can’t deny that the spending decisions have an impact on a team and paying BrINT $17 mil, Jar Head, $70 mil, Berrian, $44 mil helped the Vikings how? Finish in last place?
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    You mean like a team coming off a last-place, 4-12 season signing a 30-year-old CB with an injury history to a 7-year deal paying 10.5 mil in the first year? But you knew that was a smart decision right away, didn’t you…..

    BTW, has it occurred to you that, being a figure set by the rules of the franchise tag, the Vikings can’t possibly be the only team that values a LB at 10 mil? No, that would require a little more thought than you typically give to any particular topic.

    The little jimmy mind at work:
    North Korean submarine destroys boat full of Indonesian refugees. How can I turn this into an insult to the Vikings……

  35. Even in an article that illustrates an obvious bad decision by Packers management, Jimmysmith tries to somehow connect it to the vikings.

    5th overall pick for a below average linebacker, and you want to talk about chad greenway being overpaid?

    lmao…even your fellow packer fans think you are an idiot jimmy

  36. Ted & AJ -Please, find a way to get it done. I’d hate to see AJ leave. In addition to his playing ability, his communication skills directing the Superbowl winning Packer defense are immeasurable. If the Packers hope to repeat, it’s imperative AJ stays in Green Bay!

  37. Vikings fans…you can rest easy now becasue soon Barnett will be on the market for you pick up and overpay.

    badcallsfootball: How is this a bad decision? It is no secret that the Packers defense played better in the middle when Barentt went down and Hawk was moved in the middle with Bishop. That “bad decision” put another trophy in the Packers case….how many do the Vikings have? I know it is hard rooting for the laughing stock of the NFL…a team that consistantly shows the rest of the NFL how NOT to do things…but please show a little respect. Why didn’t they slap the franchise tag on Favre…I mean, they were already paying him $20 million for a 6-10 record, 25 turnovers and 3 missed games….whats another $3-$4 million.

    BTW, how is your squashed marshmallow of a stadium doing….did they have to shovel the 50 yard line after the latest snowstorm? Just curious as I am truly concerned.

  38. spawnsacs , You ask “How is this a bad decision”?
    Do you really expect a ViQueen fan to know anything about football, C’mon Man! After all, “What do you call a Minnesota Viking with a Superbowl ring?”…………… A Thief……………

  39. Viking Nation drew wood for a day didn’t they?

    Sorry Never Beens, the only Packer you’ll be able to pick up this year is Nick Barnett. We are keeping the good ones.

    Skol 50 years of greatness…. with ZERO Lombardi’s and the roof still isn’t fixed

  40. sorry for basically repeating what spawn said. i did not read all 76 responses. i guess its not a viking stereotype if others know of it as well.

  41. Thats OK bigjim….it never gets old.

    To me it is ironic that a Vikings fan talks to anyone about “bad decisions.” Their history is littered with bad decisions…hence the continuous epic failures and playoff meltdowns. Last year Paul Allen said…”This is not Detroit man, this is the Superbowl!” after Favre threw another season ending playoff INT. Well, the Vikings will never get to the Superbowl, and he was right, the Vikings are not Detroit, they are worse…..

    Enjoy…..

  42. shaggytoodle says:
    Mar 3, 2011 11:46 PM
    “What do you call a Minnesota Viking with a Superbowl ring?”

    Ex-Packer
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    I thought the punchline was ‘thief’!

    Only ex-Vikings have Super Bowl rings. No Viking, unless they won one with another team, have one.

    Ahhh, everything is still right with the universe!

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