A former Green Bay Packers linebacker who has been biding his time out of football and looking for a job over the past several months has landed a contract today. That player is A.J. Hawk, and the team signing him is the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons.
That news comes from Hawk’s agent, who made the congratulatory announcement on Twitter:
Although the Falcons sit at 3-1, their defense has struggled this season, giving up the fourth-most points in the NFL. They also have allowed the most passing touchdowns in the league and the second-most yards through the air. The signing comes on the heels of the Falcons placing linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on injured reserve and releasing outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield.
Hawk, meanwhile, was last on an NFL roster in April, when he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after one year had elapsed on his two-year contract. With his hometown Bengals last season, Hawk played in all 16 regular-season games, starting 11 of them, and recorded 24 total tackles with one sack. He also made one tackle in Cincinnati’s playoff game, which he did not start.
Congratulations to Hawk for finding a new NFL home and we wish him the best of luck. Hawk will face his old team for the first time when the Falcons host the Packers in week 8.