A.J. Hawk Returns Home As A Cincinnati Bengal

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Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

A little over an hour and a half after the start of free agency, the Bengals made their first move by signing former Green Bay Packer and Ohio State Buckeye, A.J. Hawk.

Hawk was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and has been playing side by side with Clay Matthews until he went down with an injury this past season. The Packers cut him under a waived/failed physical designation less than two weeks ago and the Bengals worked him out on Monday.

This signing came as a surprise to many for a team that has remained silent on the first day of free agency and waited for the dust to settle. A.J. Hawk will bring depth to a position that suffered most from injuries to Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga last season. He will also bring playoff experience to a defense and team that has yet to win a playoff game since 1991.

Mike McCartney tweeted the reported two year deal:

Bengals fans can breath a little easier but will still expect more to happen before the draft with many unanswered needs to go, especially with the reported, all but done, departure of Jermaine Gresham and since they have yet to get a deal done with Clint Boling, which looks less and less likely as deals get finalized during day one.

In the meantime, Welcome Home A.J.!

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