Is Green Bay Packers' A.J. Hawk the Next Player on the Chopping Block?

Feb 20, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Rant Sports

As the Green Bay Packers , along with the rest of the NFL , continue to trim the fat from their payroll, the obvious question is "Who's next?" More than a question of talent, it is a question of Green Bay freeing up the needed money that's going to make players like Aaron Rodgers , Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji very rich men.

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Laughing Bear Fan

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 22, 2013
Hawk is an old slow over-rated white dude. He was exposed in San Fran. He wasn't even in the same zip-code as the football
eric

Marshfield, WI

#2 Feb 22, 2013
Problem is Desmond Bishop and DJ Smith are both coming back from injuries.IF both prove to be healthy,i can see Hawk being cut for cap space.
Hes not a highlight film type but extremely solid,very consistant,plays every game,won a SB as the defensive player who calls the plays on defense.Very underated LB actually,but, yea,,he is a bit slow for teh 3-4 with the more athletic qbs coming up,,His body has taken punishment over the past several years.GB must get quicker at LB to compete with NYG,SF and Washington with Griffin III and a few other teams with quick mobile qbs.His cap number makes him a logical target for cuts but again,with 2 LB coming back from serious injuries,,Nick Perry ( broken Wrist,,not to serious that i know of).IF you think about it GB lost 3 potential starting LB last year before the season really started ( Bishop 1st preseason game,Smith early season,,Perry in game 5 or 6).If those guys are healthy,,oR if Terrell Manning ( pick last years draft) Jamarrie Lattimore improve from last years first real action,that would help seal Hawks fate as well.
IF Hawk makes it thru.13,it would or will be his last season in GB,His cap number is 5-6M and hes worth it for the most part but big names to sign in the next few years we need the cash.
GBPmies

Turku, Finland

#3 Feb 22, 2013
Laughing Bear Fan wrote:
Hawk is an old slow over-rated white dude. He was exposed in San Fran. He wasn't even in the same zip-code as the football
Sounds like the Packers have the same problem with Hawk as the Bears have with Urlacher, I remember the Tebow debacle and the problems CHI had vs Kaep Opps.

I could see the Bears not resign Urlacher and sign Hawk if the Packers cut him.... or maybe the Vikings would sign Hawk. Or the Lions...
eric

Marshfield, WI

#4 Feb 22, 2013
Thats the thing Urlacher is about as quick as Hawk is,so if we are trying to get quicker there,Neither are the answer
GBPmies

Finland

#5 Feb 23, 2013
Manti Te'o said he met with the Packers and the Texans already. I saw his press conference and he seemed honest with his answers. He is good player but will bring baggage and unwanted attention to whoever picks him.

Maybe the Packers go after him to replace Hawk if he is still there? I wouldn't mind the Pack taking him with their 1st pick and a DE with the 2nd.

Matthews, Te'o, Bishop, Perry. That could be a mean and fast bunch of LBs!

I would also like to see them bring in Chris Canty at DE if they don't pick a DE in first. But he might be to expensive for the Packers.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#6 Feb 23, 2013
Canty would be fine at DE and a quick LB..although it wouldnt surprise me if they went WR or Safety/Corner with 1st round pick.Actually,id like to see them go LT either
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#7 Feb 24, 2013
The comparisons aren't even in the above. A.J. Hawk was a top 5 pick. He tackles like one--our leading tackler every year. Urlacher is 6 years older than Hawk and didn't sound sure about returning/retiring at the end of last season. Manti Te'o is not a top 5 pick. He got trucked against Alabama. Is he a 26th pick? Probably, but not if I was picking for GB. eric's right, those other guys need to prove they can stay healthy AND produce the same numbers. Where's your veteran leadership if you dump Hawk also? Ryan Pickett? There's a lot young guys on that side of the ball.
GBPmies

Finland

#8 Feb 24, 2013
Yes I know comparing old Urlacher, under achieving Hawk, and a rookie is uneven, but what choice do you have when talking about bring players in or send some packing?

I don't want to say Te'o is the answer by any means, I just brought up he talked to the Packers and could add to our ILB group which has many injuries and not much depth (btw Alabama was 1 game and they trucked most teams). Maybe neither is Ogletree or Minter. But we could use another LB imo and picking at 26 seems likely one of the top LBs will be around.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#9 Feb 24, 2013
I think Clay has been around long enough to command respect in the lockroom and become a leader as well as Pickett.Thats the 1 thing GB loses more then anything when they lose Woodson,Leadership.
Ill say this
Nick Perry should be fine and he will be that OLB we know he is,opposite Clay and if you remember,before he got hurt,GB defense ranked decently high.
Bishop and DJ Smith are the questions,both are on their way back and if both are 100%( which is almost the norm now with ACL surgeries) GB should be fine.Terrell Manning and Jamarie Lattimore ( 2 young kids with a year under their belts are also the quicker type hitting LB we need and i didnt include Hawk,so in short...Perry Bishop,Smith Mathews L to R....Lattimore,Hawk,Manning,,t hats not bad and the draft,so 1 more quicker LB and they should be fine and again,if Bishop and Smith are solid and ready Hawk maybe a cap casualty.Is T'ao another version of Hawk? He wasnt real impressive in the National title game if memory serves me correct so if hes there at 26?..
but
there is also a good chance Howie Long's kid Kevin ( LT) could be there, Watson ( Tackle ) could be there as well. Travis Fredericks ( Center Wisconsin) may be there and im willing to believe he will out play Evan D-S,,hes bigger,quicker and more athletic for sure,so theres plenty of questions AND if GB checks out Sherrod before the draft and he seems healthy,( Not limping around and was able to do the drills like he was and wasnt around when he got IRed)He should be a favorite at LT and if hes 100%,he should be the answer there and that takes something out of the equation at Draft time.but thats a HUGE IF.Sherrod didnt get hurt because hes injury prone,he got hit with a nasty hit and a horrific injury,it happens,lets just hope the young man is ok
GBPmies

Finland

#10 Feb 24, 2013
eric I don't think there will be a good enough LT around the time we pick to select one in the 1st unless one falls very far.

If we don't go DE or LB I hope we get one of those stud TEs and send Finely on his way! Use that Finley saved money to bring in a DE FA or pay Jennings or something! I could see Fredericks though, to compete with EDS, but I want a starter and I again I need to say --- I don't think a rookie can start for the Packers at Center, too tough to make the call/adjustments and to complex of an offense!
GBPmies

Finland

#11 Feb 24, 2013
How about WR with the 1st pick?
eric

Marshfield, WI

#12 Feb 24, 2013
The kid from Cal?
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#13 Feb 25, 2013
Yeah, there'll be a good offensive tackle at 26 definitely. A bunch of D linemen are going to go early, pushing the tackles down, apart from Joeckel and probably Fisher, who'll be gone by 6. Someone will take Warmack, a G, too. But I too would prefer a DE too. The types of WR TT has picked in the past will be available later.
I wasn't saying that Monti Te'o wouldn't be good for depth, I was just saying that replacing Hawk with him is asking a lot. Spending that first pick on him may not be our best option.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#14 Feb 25, 2013
There should be a few safeties,WR adn maybe an Olinemen or 2 available at 26th.
I can see TT going WR in the 1st round ( esp. if they dont franchise and keep Jennings) meanwhile James Jones and Jordy Nelson are both FA after 13 season,so that would work!
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#15 Feb 27, 2013
To me, a guy like Shamarko Thomas (late 2nd, early 3rd) would be a hard-nosed type safety. The guy will blow you up. 26 is one of those spots where you never know what might drop in your lap. It's also a good trade slot if you are looking for value and someone is itching to move up a few slots from the top of round 2. Did you see where the Pack are interested in Ricky-Jean Francois?
eric

Marshfield, WI

#16 Feb 28, 2013
I read his name mentioned,That wouldnt be bad.
I wonder as well now that Jolly has been re instated,if TT and MM will give him another shot.
He has 4 months or so ( until July camp) to lift weights,run and get into better shape,a nd camp gets you into football shape and im sure he has some friends and can work with them as support and a personal trainer type thing or if GB keeps his rights,he can work out with the training team here ( although GB suffers more injuries then most,so strength and conditioning has to be questioned to some extent)
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#17 Feb 28, 2013
Good intel, eric. I didn't know that (Jolly). He's a bargain if he can go. You do wonder about S/C. Our big guys, in particular, always seem to be banged up.
GBPmies

Finland

#18 Mar 1, 2013
Jolly is a long shot but if he is in great shape and his head is screwed on straight they might as well have a look. He has been out of football for awhile but he would be so worn down for 31 yr old since he has not played in 3 yrs.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#19 Mar 1, 2013
Thing is,Jolly applied for reinstatment several months ago,SO, im sure hes been working out during the whole time and IF Ted signed him to a minimum contract to see what he has,he has 4 plus months of working out before camp and camp to get into football shape,so,that may not be as much of a problem.
IF I were to apply for reinstatment,YES, I would be working my ass off during that tme to hear,so if I were reinstated,id be seveal months into getting back into shape and again,he has 4 plus months to get into better shape.Packers do have his rights so he will be brought back for his current contract ( he had a 2M plus deal when he left) SO he would be brought back at that and would have to reno. a new deal after,SO,if you hear Jolly is brought back to GB and hes making 2M plus,they have to keep his current contract and im sure they will reno. it.( assuming they even bring him back at all,who knows)
Jeremy

Mooreton, ND

#20 Mar 1, 2013
GBPmies wrote:
eric I don't think there will be a good enough LT around the time we pick to select one in the 1st unless one falls very far.
If we don't go DE or LB I hope we get one of those stud TEs and send Finely on his way! Use that Finley saved money to bring in a DE FA or pay Jennings or something! I could see Fredericks though, to compete with EDS, but I want a starter and I again I need to say --- I don't think a rookie can start for the Packers at Center, too tough to make the call/adjustments and to complex of an offense!
Rumor has it from espn and NFL network that the Packers are interested in moving Bulaga to LT and one would assume Barclay would stay at RT. We are lacking depth on both sides of the line and this draft is loaded with d-lineman and o-lineman....my guess is Green Bay will be focusing on those positions this year in the draft with a possible Ahmad Bradshaw signing as well. Rumor has it Green Bay is interested in Bradshaw, they are just waiting on his physical status.

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