Hawk announced his retirement from professional football Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. Hawk appeared in one game for the Falcons in 2017 before being released in October. The inside linebacker was selected No. 5 overall by the Packers in the 2006 NFL Draft and spent nine of his 11 NFL seasons with Green Bay, winning one Super Bowl and finishing as the team's all-time leading tackler.
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.