UPDATE: Hawk has resigned with the Packers so apparently I was completely wrong on my opinion! Oh well it was a good idea for about a day!!
AJ Hawk won a Super Bowl Ring with the Green Bay Packers. Then he won a ticket out of Titletown. The Packers made the financial decision today to release AJ but they hope to resign him at a lower wage. I don't see that happening. Even if Hawk is willing to accept a lower wage to play somewhere I have trouble believing that it will be with Green Bay. He has seemed oddly disliked and disrespected around town in Green Bay by both the fans and the local media for practically his whole career. His rookie season he was heralded as the next great Packer LB. By the end of his 3rd year he was practically getting booed by Packer fans all over the city. After the best year since his rookie year they decided to cut him. That can't sit well with him, and therefore I believe that he will not sign a smaller contract to play for the Packers, even if he is getting a ring from them later in the year.
The thing that I immediately thought of when I saw this was that he might just be a good fit for the Raiders. He never really seemed too happy with the switch that the Packers went through in the 3-4 and I really think he would prefer to move to a defense that doesn't run that kind of D. Plus, if we were to eventually sign Perry or Moss as our D-coordinator (WHICH I WISH WOULD HAPPEN SOMETIME BEFORE THE FRICKEN DRAFT!!!) he would be a player that could help the transition process with their coaching styles. We need a run stopping OLB and that is the definition of what AJ does. I like him as a player and as a person. He would bring experience and tackling to our defense, both of which we could really use. I am never against adding a player that just won a Super Bowl, and I am rarely against adding a player that will have a lot to prove. Both of those things AJ Hawk will bring to the table for whatever team he ends up signing with. I personally hope that team will be the Raiders, let me know your opinions!