The Green Bay Packers may have tipped their draft hand with news that they are cutting inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.
After devoting his entire career to the Green Bay Packers, linebacker A.J. Hawk is going to have to find work elsewhere in the NFL. The Packers released the franchise leading tackler on Wednesday in a move that will save them roughly $3.5 million this offseason.
The Packers made the announcement official on Wednesday afternoon.
"“A.J. is a consummate Packer and we are grateful for all that he has given and how he represented the organization over the past nine seasons,” Thompson said. “He was a durable and consistent contributor to our success, but more importantly, he is a great person and teammate. The Packers are grateful for all that he has done on the field and in the community. We wish A.J., his wife Laura, and the rest of their family all the best.”"
Hawk has only played nine season in the NFL and the shelf life for linebackers is right around that mark. But he’s hardly at his last stop in the league, as Hawks will find work this offseason and will likely be a starter in 2015 for someone.
The only question is who will he be playing for in 2015, as it won’t be in Green Bay. This could be yet another situation where the Minnesota Vikings pick up a departed Packers player to beef up their team. Mike Zimmer may need cornerback help but Hawk still has plenty of tread on the tires and he may be someone they end up targeting.
No matter what, there will be action regarding Hawk this offseason as someone is going to be giving him a contract and it might not take very long for that to happen.
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