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A.J. Hawk’s deal is done

A.J. Hawk

In less than 24 hours, Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was released and re-signed.

News broke regarding Hawk’s new deal around midnight, just as my wife was telling me I have a PFT addiction.  The deal become official on Thursday when Hawk put pen to paper.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel guessed that Hawk will get roughly $6-7 million-per-year, with $10 million guaranteed.  A source told him the estimate was “about right.”

It’s hard to imagine Nick Barnett returning with so much money going to Hawk and Desmond Bishop.

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38 Responses to “A.J. Hawk’s deal is done”
  1. canadaramsfan says: Mar 3, 2011 4:40 PM

    Rams should learn how to do this with Atogwe

  2. 4gotten12 says: Mar 3, 2011 4:41 PM

    The 5-6 has a big mouth and his antics regarding Super Bowl picture day basically ended his playing days in GB. Besides, he can’t tackle very well anyway.

  3. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.

  4. intedwetrust says: Mar 3, 2011 4:48 PM

    It’s great to have Unfrozen Caveman Linebacker back in the fold! While I like Barnett, Hawk’s been healthier and hasn’t been out of position or over pursued as much as Barnett has.

  5. calloustongue says: Mar 3, 2011 4:51 PM

    He earned it. Congrats.

    For some reason I see Barnett becoming a Raider.

  6. intedwetrust says: Mar 3, 2011 4:51 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.

    ______________________________________

    A Vikings fan who tries to justify his teams poor choices in contracts by berating other teams choices instantly loses all credibility.

    I’m willing to bet Barnett will be making more than this in a Vikings uniform next year.

  7. brewdogg says: Mar 3, 2011 4:53 PM

    Hey goombar, if the Packers are going to pay an average LB 6-7 mil a year, what will Matthews want? 15 mil? 20 mil? WHOOPS!!!

    Don’t you hate it when bashing comes around and bites you?

  8. peopletrains says: Mar 3, 2011 5:08 PM

    At first I thought it was a million or two more than what I would have given him. But considering the intangibles he brings in leadership and play-calling, 6-7 million a year seems appropriate. His play is definitely on an upward trajectory after last season.

    And of course, in Ted we trust.

  9. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Mar 3, 2011 5:10 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM
    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.
    ___________________________________

    Says the guy whose team just paid a washed up bum 20 million to throw picks and drop fumbles….a drunk goat roper who cut his hair and lost his pass rushing ability. Best part is..now they resign Greenway to $10 million for next season, on a defense (and team) that will probably be the lowest scoring and possibly one of the worst defensively. That is what’s called overpaying. Just wait until there’s even less of an offensive line to block for AP, who will be creeping on a monster deal here soon, too.

    Every team that wins a Super Bowl instantly winds up playing certain core players beyond their actual value…something you Viking fans would never know anything about.

    (For the record….remember this clown’s post when the rest of the Viqueen donkeys start harping about “Packer fan trollers” bashing their team on any Viking news here on PFT….which have and always will be few and far between.

  10. JimmySmith says: Mar 3, 2011 5:12 PM

    I see Barnett becoming a Viking. He has all the qualifications,

    he’s will be an ex Packer (check)
    his best playing days are behind him (check)
    he is overpaid for his production (check)

    Plus he is a loud mouth, know-nothing so the Viking fans will immediately embrace him as one of their own.

  11. trapstud says: Mar 3, 2011 5:17 PM

    Any Viking fan who criticizes the Super Bowl winning gm instantly lost all credability.

  12. kennyrogerschicken says: Mar 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason -

    Again, you’re wrong. The Vikings overpay for other teams players, like Madieu Williams and Bernard Berrian, while the Packers pay their own guys to stay and give them a raise for doing so, like Hawk and Tramon Williams. There’s a big difference, but I wouldn’t expect you to understand it, as your name pretty much says it all.

  13. derrtony says: Mar 3, 2011 5:47 PM

    shhh….there, there Viking fan it is ok. We still think you overpay for your players. But because we won a SB, it seems reasonable to believe that the guy that lead the team in tackles deserves some money. He actually took a pay cut to play for us next year, in theory. Rings are desired by many players Hawk is one of those players. Hope this helps GB to get more than just one. But you would settle for just one ring Viking fan… right?

  14. theo547 says: Mar 3, 2011 5:48 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM
    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.

    =================================

    Yea? how did that 20 Mil you droped of Favre work out for you?

    AJ Hawk has been the 1st or 2nd leading tackler on the team for 5 years (since we drafted him)… Granted hes not P. Willis.

    Remember that year when Hawk tackled AP and broke his ankle? Just saying.

  15. cmstrick says: Mar 3, 2011 5:48 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason said: Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.

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    This isn’t overpaying. Hawk’s been solid since day one and is coming off his best season yet. This is an investment in a good, young player who’s already an integral part of a good system.

    On the other hand, if we had brought in an aging veteran who was clearly going downhill fast and paid him insane money for a two-year long exercise in futility… THAT would be overpaying.

  16. bjorntorock says: Mar 3, 2011 5:51 PM

    yeah tucker we reward players that seem to keep getting better and better….and are young…the vikings reward players that are trash from other teams on the downsides of there career….what did u pay burt??? 20 mill last year???

  17. henrypuppyhead says: Mar 3, 2011 6:11 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.

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    Difference being Packer players win Superbowls and that can drive up the price.

  18. wallabear63 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:13 PM

    Cheesers are losers. WHO had last possession in the Super Bowl and was sure to win, until their OC mucked it up?

  19. shadowgm1 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:14 PM

    Excellent work, Mr. Thompson and crew. Now for the NFL to lock down the CBA and then enter the draft with an itch to unload Barnett for a 3rd or 4th to an AFC team (Titans / Broncos / Chargers / Bills / Dolphins / Browns / Colts?) – even with the injury and a penchant as a locker room cancer of sorts (attitude), there is a ripe market in the American Football Conference alone to get a 3 straight up, any higher with the addition of a higher pick. This is good business.

    Here’s to finally shucking Barnett, one of the last “Sherman-ites” on roster.

  20. goombar2 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:16 PM

    Credibility? Hahahaha!

    Let’s see…

    AJ Hawk for 6 mil
    111 tackles .5 sack 0 ff 3 ints… A leader of the #2 overall defense and he called the alignments.

    Chadwick Greenway for 10 million dollars:
    144 tackles 1 sack 1 ff 0 ints… All 10 yds down field and for a 6-10 record…

    Yeah, the vikes are bargain shoppers… Really, the only thing dumber than the vike’s organization are their abnormally large fore-headed albino fans.

  21. shadowgm1 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:24 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Mar 3, 2011 4:44 PM
    Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.

    ————————————————–

    In other news, how did the boggling of the Franchise Tag keep Minnesota from the bottom of the division for the next few seasons? Overpaying Greenway with the tag over Rice? REALLY?

    REALLY?

  22. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2011 6:55 PM

    The Viking fan Packer-haters on this site are amusing, aren’t they? How do they get the words out of their mouths while puking up the volumes of crow they had to consume the past few weeks?

  23. bluestree says: Mar 3, 2011 6:56 PM

    Nick Barnett to New England for one of those draft choices.

  24. packerbacker12 says: Mar 3, 2011 6:59 PM

    “Any Packer fan who says the Vikings overpay for their players instantly lost all credibility.”

    Every Viking fan trash talking the Packers instantly lost all their credibility after the Packers won the Super Bowl.

  25. randomjim says: Mar 3, 2011 7:18 PM

    OVER RICE?

    YES!

    rice gets hurt too often & has proven to have one good year w/ Favre having his best year statistically then.

    Look at the domino effect Rice caused by not taking care of his injury at the end of the last season.
    Favre was missing his go to guy.
    Didn’t have a deep threat to keep the extra guy out of the box for Peterson.
    They traded away Benny Sapp to get another WR, & when Griffen & Cook went down they could have used him.
    They traded a #3 pick for Moss in a desperate attempt to get that deep threat.

    Besides that why pay a WR a lot of money if you don’t have a plan as to who will be throwing to him.

  26. alpharedhero says: Mar 3, 2011 7:28 PM

    I like A.J. ever since he came into the leauge he has at least made guys take notice of him. I’m glad Green Bay is keeping him around. On another note I think that Green Bay should hold onto Barnett at least one more year. Make Barnett take a back seat to Hawk, I’m not against Barnett playing, he is just getting up there in age and he hasn’t been as durable as Hawk has been, so taking a secondary role to Hawk would probly be in the best interest to the Packers organization. If Barnett doesn’t like taking a back seat to Hawk. I would suggest trading Barnett for another younger MLB that they can groom to be another force to be reckoned with like Hawk or trade for at least a second round draft pick from a team in the top 15 of the draft order and pick up a good MLB to take that second MLB position and make the middle of the feild a no-go zone and make the running backs of opposing teams run around the outside. Only problem with running outside on Green Bay is OLB Mathews will catch them and make them pay for trying to go his way. Only problem I see as far as LB’s go is that there isn’t much of a depth order to Green Bay’s LB’s, there is 14 as of right now on their roster, but they are lucky to have no more then like 5 LB’s play any game. Either Green Bay is gonna have to move some guys around and rotate players on the LB crew or we might be faced with more injuries like what happened to Barnett.

  27. shadowgm1 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    randomjim says:
    Mar 3, 2011 7:18 PM
    OVER RICE?

    YES!

    rice gets hurt too often & has proven to have one good year w/ Favre having his best year statistically then.

    Look at the domino effect Rice caused by not taking care of his injury at the end of the last season.
    Favre was missing his go to guy.
    Didn’t have a deep threat to keep the extra guy out of the box for Peterson.
    They traded away Benny Sapp to get another WR, & when Griffen & Cook went down they could have used him.
    They traded a #3 pick for Moss in a desperate attempt to get that deep threat.

    Besides that why pay a WR a lot of money if you don’t have a plan as to who will be throwing to him.

    ————————————————-

    Just for the sake of arguement, and it starts to make sense to anyone who is following this train of thought, their management team has proved it’s a complete train wreck. If you are in the market for a starter at QB, especially for a team like Minnesota that relies upon free agency as the means to compete, why on Earth would you not secure the guy who is the unquestioned #1 at the position? Who will want to sign there with no top receiver (don’t even say Harvin, he’s a slot/motion player that gets his production from one on one’s with slower LB’s or a mismatched box safety – he needs a #1 WR to get those matchups)? Greenway is solid, but I wouldn’t say he’s spectacular…his stats come from Allen’s deficiency in the run stop area peppered with a pick or two. You hit it on the head, they were forced into a DESPERATION move by burning a #3 on Moss for three whole weeks (or whatever it was) because they were without Rice’s spectacular 2009 production this season. I just think they really screwed the pooch in handling their offseason priorities to the detriment of some hard core Minny fans.

  28. shadowgm1 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:15 PM

    wallabear63 says:
    Mar 3, 2011 6:13 PM
    Cheesers are losers. WHO had last possession in the Super Bowl and was sure to win, until their OC mucked it up?

    ————————————————–

    You make me glad the Bears are finished.

  29. brewdogg says: Mar 3, 2011 10:24 PM

    stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2011 6:55 PM

    The Viking fan Packer-haters on this site are amusing, aren’t they? How do they get the words out of their mouths while puking up the volumes of crow they had to consume the past few weeks?
    ——————————————-

    Not all of us are Packer-haters. Some of us have always had a lot of respect for the team. Not to say we don’t enjoy seeing the Vikings beat them…..

    No, some of us (myself being one of them) have gravitated over here for the express purpose of continually pointing out the idiocy and arrogance of jimmysmith and goombar. Although it occurs to me that doing so is punishing the decent posters over here.

    Well, I’ll give a chance for the Packers fans as a whole to voice their opinion. Give me a thumbs up if the you consider the posts of jimmysmith and goombar obnoxious, antagonistic, and embarrassing to the general run of Packers fans. And if you agree with them and think they are just great people, go ahead and give a thumbs down.

  30. shaggytoodle says: Mar 3, 2011 11:55 PM

    It really goes to show that Hawk respects the Pack, he had other teams trying to acquire his services. I wonder if one those teams happened to be Minny.

  31. dfinpds says: Mar 4, 2011 2:59 AM

    Brian Robison………How much di minny pay this part time player? Compared to the number 1 tackler on the packs defense, you payed this guy how much? Is that a typo??? bwahahahahahah

  32. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 4, 2011 10:04 AM

    Regarding Favre’s $17 million last year: I’d argue if I could. He was the worst QB in the league, probably because he still had that Packer blood in him.

    Regarding Greenway’s franchise tag: Do any of you understand what the franchise tag is for? We kept him out of free agency and now we can sign him to a long-term contract. He’ll get a better deal than Hawk because he’s a lot better. People saying he isn’t are delusional.

    Hawk is not getting $6 mil this year, he’s getting $16 mil! Or don’t we count the signing bonus as real money?

    Why are you all so obsessed with the Vikings?

  33. dfinpds says: Mar 4, 2011 11:43 AM

    The six million is an average of the contract…..including the signing bonus …in real money…..dduuhh…..and it was 20 million for bert last year, not 17………so if it was his packer blood that lost all those games last year, then it was his packer blood that won all those games the year before then? right? right?

  34. goombar2 says: Mar 4, 2011 12:16 PM

    When a player is franchised, you pay him that money in that year. So yeah, you are paying Greenway 10 million for one season. It’s not prorated or any other such nonsense. If someone has told you that they are lying to you.

    As far as how much Hawk makes, the contract is for 5 years, so if it benefits the club to front load it to make it cap friendly, so be it. But how you’d be privy to the details when nobody else is… Well, I don’t buy it.

    But if the money is paid upfront, then the contract will be lighter later when we have to sign other big name stars and the CBA will be higher. Means we retain our guys.

    And no, Greenway isn’t better than Hawk, only in the minds of vike fans. Sure, he had 30 more tackles this season, but the defense couldn’t stop anyone so it opened more opportunities for tackles.

    But you notice how Jimmy and I just destroy you vike fans with facts? And brewdog is left with nothing but a give me a hug post, those meanies are making me look stupid?

    Hey, I gave you a thumbs up too. You seem like you need a hug and a cry… Just don’t go jumping off any bridges in Minnehaha. Those bridges ain’t safe!

  35. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 4, 2011 1:54 PM

    If anyone else wanted AJ Hawk, they wouldn’t have cut him and let him go on the open market. Nobody but Green Bay wanted this overrated LB. If Greenway became a free agent, his price would have been bid up to much higher than what the Vikings will wind up paying him. He isn’t making $10 million next year! He’s going to sign a long-term contract! He wants to be a Viking, just like the greatest quarterback in Packer history!

  36. badfish6907 says: Mar 4, 2011 6:59 PM

    Bart Starr wanted to be a Viking?

  37. goombar2 says: Mar 4, 2011 7:21 PM

    Again with the stupidity. Once Greenway got the tag he got 10 mil. Sure, they can sign him to a long term contract, but they have to pay him 10 million.

    Nobody in the NFL was going to pay 11 million a season for Greenway. Sure, a team might have front loaded his contract, but then the other years would be for substantially less.

    Nobody was going to throw elite money at a run of the mill Olber in a 4-3. He has no star quality about him. No pro bowls, no all pro team honors. He’s got a lot of tackles, but again the defense isn’t that good.

    An offer of 6 mil/average should have been enough. 10 mil?!? That’s Bart Scott money! That’s James Harrison money! He’s not those guys and if you can’t see that, you just can’t be much of a football fan.

  38. badfish6907 says: Mar 5, 2011 8:59 AM

    Talking logic to some of the Viking fans on here is an exercise in futility. These are the same people that called BJ Raji and Brian Bulaga busts at the beginning of the year. Yeah that’s right. A second year player and a rookie were already busts.

    Not saying they know nothing about football, but they pretty much leave it at the door when they start posting here.

    Kinda like this new moron now. Or is he really new? Majik? Gravy? Is that you?

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