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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for February 26, 2015

Fans and media members have different perspectives on the career of A.J. Hawk, but what no one can dispute is that he was a leader and a class act off the field and in the community.

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After yesterday's news that the Packers have waived A.J. Hawk, the team is undoubtedly looking for help at the inside linebacker position as the 2015 offseason begins to kick into high gear. And as you might expect, discussion about Hawk's Packers career and contributions are dominating today's cheese curds.

We won't get too in depth into our own discussion of Hawk, but will instead just refer back to the interview we conducted with him two years ago to give a little more personal insight into his attitude, charity work, and reflections on his time as a Packer.

We wish Hawk the best of luck as he looks to continue his NFL career.

Thompson hung on to Hawk too long |
Here's one take on Hawk's release, as Pete Dougherty argues that this move should have been made a year or two ago and that Hawk never lived up to his top-five draft status...

A.J. Hawk a Packers' Bust? No Way | Cheesehead TV
That said, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 draft was a lot of things for the Green Bay Packers, but a bust wasn't one of them. My hat is off to Zach Kruse for saying what needed to be said.

Green Bay Packers may let Jarrett Boykin walk - ESPN
At this point, it would be a bit of a shock to see Boykin brought back. Probably the only way that the Packers offer him a restricted free agent tender is if they are unable to come to a deal with Randall Cobb before free agency begins.

Peppers doesn't hit salary escalators |
Julius Peppers could have been paid $11.5 million in 2015 if he hit certain marks, but they were lofty ones - defensive player of the year, 12 sacks and a Super Bowl, and more.

High school teammates Melvin Gordon, Trae Waynes help each other through draft process | FOX Sports
Here's a great look at the former Kenosha Bradford players from Paul Imig, who breaks down the competition between the two players.

8 takeaways from the 2015 NFL Combine -
The best part here are the quotes: things like "I look good and I know it" to "You know, the Bucs are the Bucs."

Finally, we have one last look at A.J. Hawk's career with the Packers from Hawk himself. Here's Hawk's podcast with his brother, which he released yesterday afternoon shortly after the Packers announced his release.