Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has shaved over $7 million off his total salaries over the next three years, according to several reports.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Monday that Hawk took a $1.85 million total pay cut in 2013, which includes lowering his total salary from $4.9 million to $3.6 million in 2013.
Bob McGinn of the Journal-Sentinel had more information on the restructure.
In return for the pay cuts, $2.21 million of Hawk's salary next season will be fully guaranteed in the form of a roster bonus paid this week, which all but ensures Hawk's spot on the 53-man roster in 2013.
His $500,000 in total roster and workout bonuses each season will also remain.
Hawk can now earn the following salary numbers over the next three seasons:
- 2013: $840,000 base salary, $5.2 million cap number
- 2014: $2.45 million base salary, $5.1 million cap number
- 2015: $2.45 million base salary, $5.1 million cap number
According to Silverstein, the Packers now sit at roughly $19.8 million in available cap space for 2013.
Hawk originally signed a five-year, $33.75 million deal in March of 2011 that averaged almost $7 million a season. The pay cuts will drop Hawk's total available money over the final three years of his deal to $10.6 million, down from the $17.85 million he was due from the original contract.
Hawk finished 2012 with a career-high 120 total tackles and three sacks, but he has zero interceptions or forced fumbles since the 2010 season.
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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