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A.J. Hawk agrees to restructure contract

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We’re not sure whether the news was delivered via fax machine or something more of the age we live in, but Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk agreed to restructure his contract with the Packers on Friday.

The numbers aren’t available yet, but PFT has confirmed that Hawk has agreed to redo the final three years of his deal. It was an expected move as Hawk stood to count $7.05 million against the salary cap for the 2013 season, a number that was getting in the way of Green Bay making other moves.

Including roster bonuses, Hawk was scheduled to make $5.2 million in 2013, $5.7 million in 2014 and $6.2 million in 2015 before the restructure. He had a career-high 120 tackles during the 2012 season and turned in a better overall season than he had the previous year. The restructure should keep him on the roster to try to keep things trending in the right direction, but he could still get a push to remain in the starting lineup with Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith expected to be healthy for camp.

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19 Responses to “A.J. Hawk agrees to restructure contract”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Mar 15, 2013 5:31 PM

    If he was a 2nd round pick everyone would love this guy.

  2. packfntk says: Mar 15, 2013 5:32 PM

    I am probably the minority here, but I am happy that Hawk is staying at a reduced salary. Some people would like to see him cut but AJ wasn’t producing to his number and he accepted that. Glad to keep him.

    Go Pack!

  3. dukemarc says: Mar 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    Hopefully he’s restructured to something slightly above Erin Henderson’s deeal – around 2.5Mil a year.

  4. clayformvp says: Mar 15, 2013 5:55 PM

    Look out SF and Seattle! Lol AJ Hawk is way to slow for today’s game. He would’ve been a great LB in the 80′s. Can’t believe this guy is even on the roster, complete garbage!!

  5. textexington says: Mar 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    He looks like the ‘Elephant Man’ and plays like it too! What a waste of a high draft pick!!! Why can’t turds like this go to the sloppy second loving Viqueefs?!?

  6. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 15, 2013 6:02 PM

    I’ve seen better faces on a shovel.

  7. purpleguy says: Mar 15, 2013 6:02 PM

    Good NFL LB, not great, finally getting paid what he’s worth. The comment above is 100% correct — if he hadn’t been picked in the upper half of the first round, he wouldn’t be trashed nearly as much.

  8. vots50 says: Mar 15, 2013 6:02 PM

    Cue the people calling the Packers cheap. Want to know an interesting fact for this FA period so far?

    The NFL has spent $707 million – $297 million guaranteed — on the “Top 25 FA”. Those 25 FAs have a combined SIX Pro Bowls.

    I for one envy the Packers front office. They don’t waste their money on free agents that rarely pan out. They have a great scouting department that keeps talent flowing in from the draft, and saves their money for their own players that they know already perform in their system.

    If I recall, I hear Rodgers is going to require double his salary. I know Clay Matthews’ extension is coming up. And I know they’ll give it to those guys. You know why? They’ve shown in the past that they open their checkbooks and take care of their own. Ask Charles Woodson, Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson, Nick Collins, or Ryan Pickett if they got taken care of in the past.

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 15, 2013 6:04 PM

    “If he was a 2nd round pick everyone would love this guy.”

    And if ifs and buts were candy and nuts everyone would have a good Christmas.

  10. wiguy25 says: Mar 15, 2013 6:16 PM

    That’s a nice way of saying the packers are cheap

  11. tangysizzl says: Mar 15, 2013 6:19 PM

    I don’t like the word restructure here, im hoping its a pay cut and not them just moving money around.

    I would have cut him and resigned Brad Jones and Robert Francois instead, both of those guys have outplayed Hawk when given the opportunity to play.

  12. axespray says: Mar 15, 2013 6:38 PM

    I suppose since every effective Inside Linebacker we have has to wind up on IR – I guess we sort of have to keep AJ – since he’s durable.

  13. trapshoot says: Mar 15, 2013 6:52 PM

    Good move for Hawk and good move for the Pack.

  14. boobschannel says: Mar 15, 2013 7:01 PM

    next year looks like it will be rough for the packers cap. raji, matthews, james jones, finley, pickett, kuhn, starks, shields all on their last year, rodgers, tramon williams, bulaga, jordy nelson, randall cobb all with only 1 year left.

  15. tooba2026 says: Mar 15, 2013 7:20 PM

    i think the majority of packers fans aren’t looking for TT to empty his pockets on free agents. Once in a while though to add one, just one guy, isnt that huge of a risk if the price is right. I understand rodgers, clay, and raji need to get their extensions cuz theyve earned em, but not a single one of those guys seem to be worried about it this yr. to me it would have made more sense to get one or 2 of them under contract this year, and look to free agency to fill some gaps. TT does a great job during the draft and i wont take that away from him, but sometimes it doesnt hurt to take a gamble with one or 2 free agents.

  16. onbucky96 says: Mar 15, 2013 9:38 PM

    The Packers aren’t cheap. They have deep pockets, but also have short fingers. In TT I trust on draft day, but spend some bloody money to fix the defense instead of sitting on your ass/wallet. You could have affordef Krueger, fact. Screw it, we are cheap. Someone ask McCarthy if his team is soft…

  17. stellarperformance says: Mar 15, 2013 9:44 PM

    The guy is a great playcaller on the defense. He understands the opposing offenses better than he gets credit. But……he’s slow and overruns. His playcalling benefits his teammates, and that is why he has value. The restructure gets him more in line with his true value. I’m OK with him hanging around.

  18. unnamedxsource says: Mar 15, 2013 9:56 PM

    next year looks like it will be rough for the packers cap. raji, matthews, james jones, finley, pickett, kuhn, starks, shields all on their last year, rodgers, tramon williams, bulaga, jordy nelson, randall cobb all with only 1 year left.

    ______________________

    That’s why Thompson is being so cheap this year.

    …just sayin’

  19. cleonslamminsalmon says: Mar 15, 2013 10:31 PM

    jimnaizeeum says:
    Mar 15, 2013 6:04 PM
    “If he was a 2nd round pick everyone would love this guy.”

    And if ifs and buts were candy and nuts everyone would have a good Christmas.

    Jimnaizeeum-I don’t care who you cheer for, but gotta give credit where it is due…You can never go wrong with that quote…

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