Back in October, Pete Dougherty wrote the following:
Regardless of his current role, linebacker A.J. Hawk says he would like to remain with the Packers beyond this season.
That decision, though, almost surely will come down to whether he’s willing to take a major pay cut from the $4.1 million he’s scheduled to make in base salary next year.
It’s a given the Packers won’t bring back Hawk next year at that pay. They presumably would ask him to take a pay cut before releasing him, and if they do, it will be up to Hawk to accept their new offer or force them to cut him so he can sign with another club.
I just remember saying on Packer Transplants at the time that there was no way the Packers would be asking Hawk to take a pay cut considering the fact that Thompson went into 2008 willing to pay Kabeer Gbaja Biamila north of 10 million to only play on 3rd downs. Also add in the fact that the last player Thompson asked to take a pay cut was Darren Sharper, and it just didn’t seem plausible.
So when told point blank by Hawk’s agent yesterday that the team would most certainly NOT be asking his client to take a pay cut, Dougherty gives us the following:
Hawk’s 2010 salary is $4.1 million after he reached playing-time escalators earlier in his career, and he’s also due a $500,000 workout bonus. Considering Chillar’s contract extension and the possibility that Desmond Bishop offers an alternative to share time at that position, the Packers had to think about whether Hawk was worth $4.6 million this year.
No, they didn’t Pete. YOU thought about it and chose to share your musing in a blog post for all to see. You said that it was “a given”. How about a follow up saying that you were wrong? Or maybe a post how you think the Packers are blowing it by hanging onto Hawk? Give me something, anything that shows me you take ownership of what you wrote back in October – unless it’s only low-life bloggers that have, you know, some sense of accountability…