After nine solid seasons with the team, the Green Bay Packers have decided to part ways with linebacker A.J. Hawk. The announcement was made on Wednesday as they decided to cut their number one ranked tackler in franchise history with a total of 1,118 tackles.

In a team statement, Hawk said: “I spent nine great years in Green Bay. I had awesome teammates and coaches and a great medical staff and equipment staff. Many of them have become my closest friends. We won a ton of games, as well as a Super Bowl, and I loved everything about playing for one of the greatest franchises in all of sports.”

The move by the team saved them $3.5 million against the cap. It was a smart move given the fact that Hawk is only one month removed from an ankle injury and had slipped noticeably over the past couple of years. The search for a new linebacker begins immediately for the Packers. As for Hawk, he is listed as an unsigned free-agent and will most likely have to settle for a one-year deal until he proves he is healthy and valuable again. Despite some mild regression, Hawks is still a fairly versatile linebacker that should find a home in 2015.

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