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Draft Scout A.J. Hawk News
04/18/17 - LB A.J. Hawk is calling it a career after 11 seasons, retiring as a member of the Packers. Hawk, drafted No. 5 overall by the Packers in 2006, is the team's all-time leader in tackles (1,118) and led the team in tackles five different seasons, tied with linebacker Nick Barnett for most in club history. "He was a terrific teammate and a true professional during his career, and we were lucky to have him. A.J. will always be a Packer," Green Bay executive vice president and general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement.
01/05/17 - LB A.J. Hawk has announced his intention to retire after an 11-year NFL career. Hawk told Albert Breer of The MMQB.com that he plans to fill out the necessary paperwork to complete the task. Hawk spent time briefly with the Atlanta Falcons this season before being cut in October. The 32-year-old recorded 24 tackles and one sack while starting 11 games in 2015 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hawk spent his previous nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, who selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2006 draft. Hawk finished his career with 940 tackles, 20.5 sacks, nine interceptions and three forced fumbles.
10/25/16 - LB A.J. Hawk was released by the Falcons on Tuesday.
04/27/16 - LB A.J. Hawk had his contract terminated by the Bengals Tuesday (April 26).
Hawk, signed last year as a free agent after spending nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers, was expendable when the Bengals picked up veteran Karlos Dansby to spell Vontaze Burfict. Burfict is suspended for the first three games in 2016.
Releasing Hawk saves the Bengals $1.6 million against this season's cap.
The 32-year-old was the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft and is the Packers' all-time leading tackler with 1,118. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and was released by the Packers after undergoing ankle surgery in 2014. He was previously released by the Packers in 2011, but re-signed at a lower salary.
With the Bengals in 2015, Hawk started 11 games and had 25 tackles and one sack.
"A.J. was a big part of us last season as we won the division championship, and I appreciate his efforts," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. "We're going a different direction at this point, but I've always been a fan of A.J. It has been a pleasure having him as part of our team and getting to know him and his family better."
03/11/15 - LB A.J. Hawk is returning to his home state, reaching agreement on a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday (March 10).
The former Green Bay Packers linebacker is a Centerville, Ohio, native who starred at Ohio State.
Hawk spent nine seasons with the Packers, who chose not to re-sign their No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft after last season in order to save $3.5 million against the salary cap.
In 16 games for Green Bay last year, Hawk had 90 tackles and 1/2 sack. He has not missed a game during his NFL career and leads the franchise in career tackles with 1,118. He was voted to the Pro Bowl after the 2010 season.
The 31-year-old Hawk, who had surgery to remove bone spurs from an ankle in the offseason, will join a linebacking group in Cincinnati that includes Rey Maualuga, Emmanuel Lamur and Vontaze Burfict.