Green Bay, Wis. (WHBL-Learfield) - The Green Bay Packers cut linebacker A-J Hawk yesterday, but it appears that he’s back with the team. W-T-M-J T-V in Milwaukee said Hawk agreed to a new five-year contract last night. And apparently, it would pay him less this year than the 10-million-dollars he was supposed to make.
Also, the Packers said they cut veteran tight end Donald Lee, and safety Derrick Martin, whose 2010 season ended last October with a knee injury. Hawk’s rookie contract included a “balloon payment” in his final season, and he’s been talking with the team about ways to re-structure it. In a statement earlier in the day, general manager Ted Thompson said the “business side of the game” drove him to cut Hawk and he hoped to keep working with Hawk to quote, “be a part of our team in the future.”
The Milwaukee T-V report said Hawk would sign his new contract today, before free agency is scheduled to begin tonight at 11 pending a possible owners’ lockout. Hawk underwent surgery on his right wrist after the Super Bowl, and is not expected to return to the field until training camp in July. He has started all but three regular season games in his five years with the Packers. He led the team in tackles last year with 134.