"I'm hopeful we can work that out," said McCarthy. "I like A.J. Everybody likes A.J. I like the year he had. I think A.J. belongs in Green Bay."
Apparently they couldn't get it worked out. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Packers released Hawk on Wednesday.
Hawk was due over $10 million in salary for the 2011 season and it would be guaranteed on the first day of the league year (once a new CBA is done). Reports this week indicated that the Packers would waive Hawk, rather than pay him over $10 million, if a new contract wasn't worked out.
That said, Hawk may not be out of Green Bay for long. Schefter tweets he has a "hunch" Hawk will be back with a new contract (and soon). If the Packers are going to do another deal for him, it'll have to be before midnight on March 3rd when the labor deal expires.
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