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Packers Might Cut A.J. Hawk in 2012
By JB Packers Fan | Posted Wednesday, January 25
Do you remember the Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk? He was once a rising star on the Green Bay Packers defensive line, but has recently fallen off the radar. Some say it is due to injuries and poor playing. Others say he’s just reached his prime, and this is the best that we will see from him.
Drafted fifth overall in 2006, Hawk has been like the person that you invite to a party and just won't leave. After finishing his four year contract last season, Hawk was cut from the team and then offered a new deal, after the Packers dispatched Nick Barnett to the Bills. The thought was that Barnett was a wild card, a bit older, and an unknown as far as how he would perform going forward. What we now know is that Barnett had a great season with Buffalo, and Hawk’s performance on the worst ranked Green Bay defense left a lot to be desired. The Packers are stuck with the tab, and it would be a wonder if Mike McCarthy wasn't rethinking that $23 million dollar, four-year contract.
A.J. Hawk’s Performance in 2011 Season
Hawk put up a lot of zeros on his stat sheet last season. He forced no fumbles, recovered no fumbles, and had zero interceptions. This poor performance left many fans wondering what happened to the supposed wonder-boy out of Ohio State. He had just one-and-a-half sacks this year with fifty-three solo tackles. In the team's final game of year against the Giants, Hawk was involved in only six tackles.
Is it time to give up on the aging back? Some people seem to think so. But, can they? Hawk is only getting slower with age, and his performance last season won't turn too many heads should the Packers try for a trade. Cutting him again looks like the only plausible option for McCarthy. The team will be looking for a pass rushing linebacker in the upcoming draft. Will that rookie replace Hawk? That’s doubtful. Hawk may be relegated to a smaller role on the team, but that seems unlikely.