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NFL Betting Lines – A.J. Hawk Released by Green Bay

Posted by Marcello Messina on 3/4/2011 9:05:41 AM

In a surprising move, Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has been released less than a month after the end of the 2010-11 NFL betting lines season.

NFL Betting Lines
To Win NFC Championship
Green Bay Packers +300
Atlanta Falcons +600
Philadelphia Eagles +600

NorthBet Numbers: Green Bay Packers were 13-7 ATS this year.

The Green Bay Packers released their star linebacker A.J. Hawk this Monday but it’s not what you think, they do hope to re-sign him during the offseason.

The Packers cut the 27-year-old Super Bowl champ because he was set to make $10 million this upcoming season - an amount that Green Bay cannot afford.
Green Bay’s general manager Ted Thompson said that “with A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision. We’re hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future.”

Hawk was the fifth overall draft pick in 2006. He has played in all 80 regular-season matches since the year he was drafted, starting 77 of those games. He performed in excellent fashion this past season, recording 111 tackles, 72 of them being solo tackles.

Due to financial constraints, the Packers were also forced to cut tight end Donald Lee and safety Derrick Martin. Lee was scheduled to make $2.2 million this upcoming year, and Martin would earn $750, 000.

Quite frankly, I don’t see the morality by Green Bay with this move.

The reason they had to cut Hawk was because they gave fellow linebacker Desmond Bishop a four-year, $19 million contract extension.

Now, after they cut the 26-year-old A.J. Hawk, the Packers claim they will re-sign him as a free agent with less money.

If I were Hawk, I definitely would not re-sign with the Packers.

Getting released by a team less than a month after winning a Super Bowl with them is enough of a slap in the face. But then to hear them publicly say that they still want me, except I’m not worth the money they signed me for? No way would I re-sign with that team.

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