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Report: A.J. Hawk flying back to Green Bay

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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.

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40 Responses to “Report: A.J. Hawk flying back to Green Bay”
  1. goombar2 says: Mar 3, 2011 12:21 AM

    Hmmm… It almost seems that having Ted Thompson and his staff is an unfair advantage… Oh well…

  2. mataug says: Mar 3, 2011 12:21 AM

    Barnett’s also the oldest of those three….

  3. realitypolice says: Mar 3, 2011 12:31 AM

    I guess I’m a glass half full kind of guy, but I choose to take the fact that teams are signing guys to contracts without a new CBA to mean that the teams have a pretty good idea of what the next agreement will look like and believe it will be in place before next season.

  4. peopletrains says: Mar 3, 2011 12:33 AM

    Before the season began, I was looking forward to the end of the AJ Hawk era in Green Bay. However, he played well (most of the time) and had his best year by far this past season so I am actually glad he is coming back at a cheaper price if he can play at the same level.

  5. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 3, 2011 12:40 AM

    good, dont have to hang up his jersey.

  6. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Mar 3, 2011 12:41 AM

    Isn’t there such a thing as a contract restructure these days? Why bother cutting him?

  7. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2011 12:45 AM

    I never thought he provided first round number five performance, but he sure as hell played an excellent season this year. Is he the best? No, but he sure is learning how to call out assignments quickly when he recognizes offensive schemes….he’s become very good at it. It would be great to keep him. I think he recognizes his role and the team and his teammates are fine with him too. Solid team player.

  8. johnnyb216 says: Mar 3, 2011 12:45 AM

    Thank god! Looks like barnetts loud mouth may have bought himself a one way ticket out of green bay after all. While aj has never been flashy, he has been consistent. He is never injured, does a good job of calling the defense and doesnt cause trouble with his twitter account. All that being said, aj probably has barnett to thank for this new contact just as much as anybody.

  9. hrmlss says: Mar 3, 2011 12:55 AM

    Barnett sealed his fate yapping during the week of the Super Bowl. He’ll be a Viking as soon as he can be signed. it’s where old Packers go to collect a few paychecks, more may go soon to get to the nice weather in southern cal………. Lee and Martin would look good in Purple too….

  10. hrmlss says: Mar 3, 2011 12:56 AM

    And Finley will be in Minnesota dropping passes from Vince Young in a couple years after he never recovers from the staff infection in his knee.

  11. bisonhead33 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:30 AM

    I am glad to see this happen. I know that A.J. has had his ups and downs throughout his career, but this year he stepped up and took control of the defense, became a leader in the locker room, and had his best year yet. I think he is a great team player and a great Packer.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Mar 3, 2011 1:42 AM

    While Hawk wasn’t one of the more impressive high draft picks, in recent history, it was well known that he was one of the more pro ready players, but he reached his glass ceiling.

    He has been able to play EVERY game since being drafted and he did a great job communicating what the D needed to do this championship winning season.

    While he hasn’t been a BOOM pick. Considering that

    Mario Williams
    Reggie Bush
    Vince Young
    D’Bricksawh Ferguson
    Vernon Davis
    Michael Huff
    Donte Whinter
    Ernie Sims
    Matt Lienart

    Were the others in the top ten,he was clearly more consistent than a lot of those players. So I give him the benefit of the doubt and hope that GB works out a fair deal for all parties.

  13. goawayeverybody says: Mar 3, 2011 1:43 AM

    The Packers need his experience and he’s a very solid player. He had some very nice tackles in the Super Bowl.

  14. dino2997 says: Mar 3, 2011 1:52 AM

    Hawk is a bust considering the position he was drafted in the 1st round. With that being said he’s still a solid but unspectacular LB. I’m not sure why he would choose to go back to Green Bay where he is a misfit for their 3-4 defense.

  15. rickincali says: Mar 3, 2011 3:43 AM

    I pray this guy isn’t getting $7m per year on a 5-year deal. He is constantly late, doesn’t make a lot of big plays and is marginal in coverage.

    I understand he’s younger than Barnett and doesn’t have the injury history yet, but he’s also slower than Barnett and doesn’t cover as well. I suppose if they dump Barnett and give that $5.5m to Hawk, I understand if they don’t think Barnett will be able to overcome the injury. I just think they’ve severely overpaid for Hawk already and I hate to see them do so again when we have more picks than could possibly make this team.

  16. henryjones20 says: Mar 3, 2011 3:52 AM

    come 2 bflo nick

  17. clayjayhawk says: Mar 3, 2011 4:00 AM

    That’s what Im talkin’ about. Way to go Teddy! Go Pack Go !!!!!!

  18. jimmysee says: Mar 3, 2011 7:04 AM

    Formidable! Now draft an outside linebacker to compete against Zombo and Erik Walden to play oppposite Clay.

  19. JimmySmith says: Mar 3, 2011 7:43 AM

    Barnett will not be back, he however, will always treasure his mug in the team photo at this year’s Superbowl. What an idiot, should have just kept his yap shut.

  20. huskerguy says: Mar 3, 2011 7:48 AM

    Sweet! Good move. I like Barnett but… good luck on your future endeavours.

  21. chapnastier says: Mar 3, 2011 7:51 AM

    Why isn’t he flying to Dallas?

  22. krow101 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:00 AM

    He’s still fugly.

  23. 13xworldchamps says: Mar 3, 2011 8:02 AM

    In Ted we trust, lots of people have bagged on AJ for not being this great impact linebacker, but in the draft, who ahead of him turned out to be anything other than a bust? Bush= OK player never met the hype, Vince young speakes for itself, The DE williams, OK player, how impactful has he been?

    I’ll take Hawk, never missed a game, has played injured, smart, great team mate, has led team in takles 3 of 5 years even through a position change. He will remain the QB of Capers defense and does a fantastic job

  24. jc1958cool says: Mar 3, 2011 8:03 AM

    bye barnett! tweet somewhere else!

  25. beepa11 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:24 AM

    Barnett sealed his ticket out of Green Bay with his “tweets” during Super Bowl week. Not a bright move… Bye Nick, it’s been great. Good Luck somewhere else.

  26. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:39 AM

    dont like barnetts attitude..big mouth..should of went in house bout the sb photo..like to c him leave

  27. scoops1 says: Mar 3, 2011 8:48 AM

    Sacrifice….a word that HAWK understand very will if he wants to win

  28. ilpackerbacker says: Mar 3, 2011 8:58 AM

    Should we be jealous that the Vikings have CJ Benderson and Thad Bleenway, or whatever the hell their stupid names are?

    Not really, LOL.

  29. cmstrick says: Mar 3, 2011 9:07 AM

    Hopefully they’ll wait and try Barnett at OLB (his college position) before cutting him. He could be very effective opposite Matthews…

  30. bluestree says: Mar 3, 2011 9:10 AM

    @dino2007; Hard to see where the season leading tackler for the Super Bowl Champ is a bad fit for the D.
    Shaggy has it right. Look at the quality of the draft Hawk was in. It’s not his fault he was the best available at pick five.
    Hawk has been under appreciated by fans, but he’s always been a pro’s pro. I’m glad the Packers can look forward to having AJ make the defensive calls for the rest of his career. While he isn’t the best in coverage, and doesn’t make a lot of plays in the backfield, he’s a sure tackler and a smart player who also has the two abilities MM wants the most, availability and accountability.
    Thanks for wanting to be a Packer, AJ.

  31. Little Earthquake says: Mar 3, 2011 9:16 AM

    Remember when the Packers won the Super Bowl a few weeks ago? That was awesome….

  32. gregjennings85 says: Mar 3, 2011 9:17 AM

    Well, this stinks of uncertainty; rather than try to draft and develop an unknown, Thompson is sticking with the status quo in Hawk.

    I am not a fan of the guy, as he is a non-fit in our scheme, but hey, I’m also not a Super Bowl-winning GM.

    In Thompson I trust.

  33. calloustongue says: Mar 3, 2011 9:45 AM

    Anyone who says Hawk is a bust is a complete moron. The guy hasn’t missed a game since he was drafted, and has played in every game, playing through a few injuries over the years.

    Has led the team in tackles more often than not and led the league in LB INT’s this year.

    So if Hawk is a bust, I guess 6th round pick Desmond Bishop must be the steal of the century.

    Suck on TT’s other first round picks and show me a GM that’s done better.

    Rodgers, Bulaga, Raji, Matthews. All future all pro, and all young and elite.

    Only “bust” is Harrel and you can’t really blame a guy for 3 different injuries.

  34. packerbacker12 says: Mar 3, 2011 10:09 AM

    I for one am glad the Packers are re-signing Hawk. Like others said, he hasn’t even come close to performing at the level in which he was drafted it but he had a great year this year and deserves to be back.

    I am a fan of Nick Barnett as well but he has only played one full season in the last three years and can’t seem to shut up at times.

  35. packerbacker12 says: Mar 3, 2011 10:13 AM

    “Hawk is a bust considering the position he was drafted in the 1st round. With that being said he’s still a solid but unspectacular LB. I’m not sure why he would choose to go back to Green Bay where he is a misfit for their 3-4 defense.”

    If you think that, it’s very obvious you didn’t watch a single Packer game this year.

  36. vbhall78 says: Mar 3, 2011 10:14 AM

    So long Nick Barnett, take “talents” to Lake Minnetonka or Cleveland… Tweet that!!!!

  37. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 11:30 AM

    Packer fans are pathetic trying to justify this draft pick. He was the best available player at pick #5? How about Vernon Davis, Haloti Ngata, Chad Greenway, Antonio Cromartie, Tamba Hali, Santonio Holmes, and Nick Mangold, to name a few?

    That’s right, one of those players is a linebacker on the hated Vikings, the team Packer fans can’t get out of their heads!

  38. kennyrogerschicken says: Mar 3, 2011 1:34 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 11:30 AM

    Packer fans are pathetic trying to justify this draft pick. He was the best available player at pick #5? How about Vernon Davis, Haloti Ngata, Chad Greenway, Antonio Cromartie, Tamba Hali, Santonio Holmes, and Nick Mangold, to name a few?

    That’s right, one of those players is a linebacker on the hated Vikings, the team Packer fans can’t get out of their heads!

    ——————————————————————–

    Sorry, but Hawk has been more consistent than any of those other players, except Ngata and Mangold, two guys the Packers didn’t have a need for anyway. He hasn’t been injured, and he never opens his mouth. I’ll take him over the other guys any day.

    By the way, the only reason Packer fans love talking about the Vikings is because they are a joke of a franchise. It’s too bad the Packers are everything the Vikings wish they could be, with a great GM, great QB, and Super Bowl wins. But, hey, the Vikings drafted Chad Greenway, so I guess that showed the Packers, huh?

  39. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 3, 2011 3:39 PM

    kennyrogerschicken says:
    Mar 3, 2011 1:34 PM

    Sorry, but Hawk has been more consistent than any of those other players

    —-

    Consistently bad.

  40. footballrulz says: Mar 4, 2011 4:49 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says:
    Mar 3, 2011 11:30 AM
    Packer fans are pathetic trying to justify this draft pick. He was the best available player at pick #5? How about Vernon Davis, Haloti Ngata, Chad Greenway, Antonio Cromartie, Tamba Hali, Santonio Holmes, and Nick Mangold, to name a few?

    That’s right, one of those players is a linebacker on the hated Vikings, the team Packer fans can’t get out of their heads
    __________________________________

    Yet you show up on every Packer thread talking about how infatuated ascker fans are with the Vikes. Get some help dude.

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