After nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, linebacker A.J. Hawk has been released by the team today.
“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,” GM Ted 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 was selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 5 overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. In nine seasons with the Packers, he appeared in 142 of a possible 144 regular-season games. Hawk ranks No. 1 in franchise history (since 1975) with 1, 118 tackles. He recorded 100-plus tackles in seven of his nine years in the NFL.
Hawk led the team in tackles five times during his career and made the playoffs seven times. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV that year.
By releasing Hawk now, the Packers clear $3.5-million in salary cap space.
A.J. Hawk discussed his release today after nine seasons with the Packers. Check out his podcast below.