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 expected to sign 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.
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.
The Packers seem satisfied with A.J. Hawk but could be looking for an upgrade over fellow inside linebacker Brad Jones, reports ESPN.com. Jones had 83 tackles and three sacks in 12 games last season. He's owed $2.8 million for 2014.
Green Bay is expected to address linebacker in the draft.
Packers LB A.J. Hawk was fined for a hit on a defenseless player Week 17.
Hawk used the crown of his helmet to hit a defenseless player. There was no flag thrown at the time the hit took place. He was fined $15,750 for the play.
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk couldn't stop the Steelers from scoring 38 points Sunday, but he did halt one drive with a sweet pick dropping back into coverage on the last play of the third quarter.
Hawk added six tackles, including four solos.
Packers linebackers A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews didn't make their usual contributions Week 14 against the Falcons. Neither player contributed a sack, and neither was especially productive with tackles either. Hawk had four, including two solo. Matthews had three, including two solo.
The four were a season-low for Hawk, who's averaging 8.2 in 13 games. Matthews is averaging just 3.9 in nine games.
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk totaled a team-high nine solo tackles and finished with 11 total tackles during Sunday's game vs. Minnesota. Hawk also added a sack and forced fumble.
Hawk has a sack in two straight games and five in his last seven games. He has 91 tackles (56 solo) through 11 games. His career high is 120, which he set last season. The five sacks are already a career best.
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk took up residence in the Ravens' backfield Week 6. Hawk totaled a career-high three sacks during a 19-17 win.
Hawk also had a team-high 10 tackles, which included a team-high eight solo tackles. Five of Hawk's tackles went for losses. He now needs just one more sack to set a career high for a single season.
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk recorded nine tackles in Sunday's 22-9 win over the Lions. Hawk now has 23 tackles on the season.
The Packers travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens in Week 6.
As usual, the Packers got plenty of tackles from linebackers Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk Week 3 at Cincinnati. Jones led the way with 11 tackles, including nine solo, and Hawk added nine, including six solo. Jones also forced a fumble in the contest, and each player recovered a fumble.
Jones is now averaging 8.7 tackles in three games. Hawk is averaging 7.7.
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk turned in an impressive performance as he fell just shy of double-digit tackles in Week 1 against the 49ers. Hawk registered nine tackles (six solo), including a tackle for loss in a 34-28 defeat.
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, who entered the game with only one sack all season, recorded two Week 16 against the Titans. He also had seven tackles, including six solo.