Packers Release A.J. Hawk In A “Procedural Move”
The Green Bay Packers released three players on Wednesday: safety Derrick Martin, tight end Donald Lee, and linebacker A.J. Hawk.
General manager Ted Thompson released a statement thanking Martin and Lee for their service, but hinted that Hawk may still wear a Green and Gold uniform next season.
“With A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision. We’re hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future.”
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the move is “strictly procedural”, and the Packers and Hawk will continue talks in an attempt to reach a new deal. Teams have until Thursday at midnight (Eastern Time) to sign their own players to new contracts.
By releasing Hawk, the Packers avoid paying the fifth-overall pick in the 2006 draft $10 million dollars in base-salary next season.
At first appearance, the move comes as a bit of shock, but from the sounds of it, Hawk is still likely to see that $10 million dollars; it will just be delivered in a more team-friendly contract.