Bengals Free Agency: Grading Week One

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Jun 11, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk works out during organized team activities at Clarke Hinkle Field in Green Bay. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Hawk: A-

The Green Bay Packers cut A.J. Hawk less than two weeks before free agency started, and the Bengals brought home the former Buckeye to help bolster the linebacking unit. As the was the Packers all-time leading tackler and having missed only two games in his nine year career in the NFL, Hawk had several teams interested in his acquisition.

Hawk’s two-year/$3.25 million deal was as close to a steal as possible; one could label it as a “hometown discount,” as he’s originally from the Cincinnati area. The Packers saved $3.5 million in cap space this season by cutting him, just to give something to compare his new contract too.  Hawk will provide stability and depth to the position while questions of Vontaze Burfict‘s durability remain. After concussion issues in 2014 and having microfracture surgery following the season, there’s reason for concern.  Hawk helps ameliorate the situation.

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