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.
Although the Packers recently released linebacker A.J. Hawk, the team is not opposed to bringing him back, a source told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Packers released Hawk on Feb. 25, but the team has left open the possibility of his return. Hawk, 31, recently underwent ankle surgery, but intends to play in 2015.
The Packers announced they've released veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk. Taken in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft, Hawk has spent his entire career with Green Bay. He's totaled 923 tackles, three forced fumbles and nine interceptions in nine seasons. Hawk was released with a failed physical designation. The move saves the Packers $3.5 million in cap space for the 2015 season. "I spent nine great years in Green Bay," Hawk said in a statement. "I had awesome teammates and coaches and a great medical staff and equipment staff. Many of them have become my closest friends. We won a ton of games, as well as a Super Bowl, and I loved everything about playing for one of the greatest franchises in all of sports," Hawk said. "The fans in Green Bay are incredible. Between playing at Lambeau Field as well as seeing them on the road, they always supported us. I am looking forward to my next opportunity in the NFL, but I'll always cherish my years as a Green Bay Packer."
The following players will not suit up for the Packers Thursday night against the Chiefs, per ESPN: Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Demetri Goodson, Morgan Burnett, A.J. Hawk, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Brad Jones, David Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, JC Tretter, Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, Brandon Bostick, Jordy Nelson and Datone Jones.