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Packers Cut Hawk, But He Could Circle Back

Posted March 2nd, 2011 @ 10:03pm

There was no way the Packers were going to pay A.J. Hawk $12 million in 2011. And that is what they would have been on the hook for if they kept him on the roster past Thursday. So they cut him on Wednesday, along with tight end Donald Lee and safety Derrick Martin.

Hawk seems to have found a home in the Pack's defense and has become a tackling machine. He's still a bit of a liability in pass coverage, but the Packers have enough depth that they can replace him in obvious passing situations.

He's above average, but not worth $12 million and he'll never live up to his lofty draft status. With the labor unrest certain to make this a very short and strange offseason, the two sides may be poised to come to an agreement some time down the road. He's been a solid pro, doesn't get hurt and was a starter for the Super Bowl champs. Unless a team elects to throw huge money at him, chances are good they'll bring him back and let Nick Barnett go.

In the team's press release Ted Thompson said, “With A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision. We’re hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future.” It's going to come down to the market value for Hawk and whether the Packers are willing to pay whatever it is.

As for Donald Lee, his days in green and gold are over. Solid blocker, sometime receiver, an okay player who had some great moments, but not much consistency in his time with the Pack. With Finley coming back, along with Quarless and Crabtree, the Packers are set at tight end.

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on March 3rd, 2011 at 07:10am

Great News fellow Cheeseheads! The Packers were able to sign AJ Hawk to a new 5 year extension before the CBA expired! While he has not lived up to his high first round draft pick billing he has been a solid player who has not missed any games. Also he and Desmond Bishop worked great together in the middle of the field AND he communicated the play calls well. OSSG, thank you for referring to me as a "regular rube", even though I don't comment much I enjoy reading all of your responses to Mr. Head Cheese's posts. I think the Packers can go ahead & cut ties with Nick Barnett unless he is willing to be a backup. Hope they can get some value for him if they do let him go. Looking forward to the draft & the settling of the CBA Fiasco. Dave, thanks for continuing to post in this tumultuous offseason. Go Pack!

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