A.J. Hawk wasn’t an ex-Packer for long. Cut Wednesday by the team, it looks like Hawk is already back in the fold.
Lance Allen of NBC 4 in Milwaukee reports that Hawk is scheduled to fly back to Green Bay on Thursday to sign a new five-year deal. We haven’t heard confirmation of the report elsewhere yet, but the news isn’t a huge surprise.
We passed along an item Wednesday evening saying that the Packers and Hawk would continue talking in hopes of reaching a deal before the clock struck midnight on the current collective bargaining agreement.
With Hawk back in the fold, the question now becomes whether Nick Barnett will return to the Packers. (We’re guessing . . . no.) Barnett is due over $6 million in 2011, and coach Mike McCarthy already indicated Desmond Bishop would be a starter next year. Hawk, Bishop, and Barnett all play inside linebacker.
Bishop and Hawk would both by signed through 2014 if Allen’s report is correct.