According to Adam Schefter of ESPN on his Twitter account:
Here's a shocker: Packers cut LB A.J. Hawk today.
Hawk was scheduled to make $10 million next season, which would have been guaranteed on the first day of the league year. With the CBA set to expire Thursday evening, the Packers made sure they did not have to pay Hawk.
The inside linebacker had what's very likely his best season as a professional in 2010 in which he led the team in tackles with 111 and tied for the NFL lead in intereptions among linebackers with three.
Being cut doesn't necessarily spell the end of his time in Green Bay, although it does make it less likely. It's possible he could still sign with the Packers.
However, the Packers have decent depth at inside linebacker with Desmond Bishop, Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar all under contract for 2011.
Head coach Mike McCarthy recently said at the NFL Combine that Bishop would be a starter no matter what happened with Hawk. Barnett and Chillar are coming off season-ending injuries that landed them on injured reserve in 2010.
UPDATE, 5:03 p.m.:
“With A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision," said general manager Ted Thompson in a release. "We’re hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future.”
Tight end Donald Lee and safety Derrick Martin have also been released.
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