Hawk was released by the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the Falcons' official site reports. Hawk was signed in Week 5 to provide depth at linebacker, but with the Falcons currently needing help at running back, space needed to be cleared for running backs Terron Ward and Stevan Ridley. Unfortunately for Hawk, he was one of the odd men out, as well as offensive lineman Mike Person. At 32 years old, Hawk's career is clearly on its last leg, but he could still potentially provide help somewhere if injuries arise.
Hawk is signing with the Falcons, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. With Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles) ruled out for the season, Hawk will provide additional depth at linebacker. Hawk is unlikely to get enough playing time to warrant IDP consideration.
Hawk was released by the Bengals on Tuesday. Even with Vontaze Burfict (suspension) out for the first four games of the season, Hawk was unlikely to start in Cincinnati after the Bengals re-signed Vincent Rey and added Karlos Dansby. Though his days as a regular starter and useful IDP are likely numbered, the 32-year-old Hawk shouldn't have much trouble finding a team that will allow him to compete for a roster spot. He had just 24 tackles and one sack in 16 games last season.
The Bengals have agreed to a two-year deal with linebacker A.J. Hawk, per his agent. Hawk was released by the Packers in February with a failed physical designation. The team was interested in bringing him back, and the Vikings were also reported to have interest. Hawk will be playing for his hometown team, as the linebacker was born in nearby Kettering and went to college at Ohio State.
Former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk is drawing interest from the Vikings, according to ESPN.com. Hawk, 31, was taken with the fifth pick of the first-round in the 2006 draft. He was recently released from the Packers after nine years with the team, creating $3.5 million in cap space. His playing time decreased significantly by week 13 of last season. Throughout his career he posted 100 or more total tackles in five seasons. A return to the Packers has not been ruled out completely.