Green Bay, who went 11-5 and won the AFC North, reportedly has little chance to retain both the 29-year-old Hawk and Future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson.
The 36-year-old Woodson, who the Oakland Raiders selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, played strong safety, rather than cornerback, this past autumn in the Packers’ base 3-4 defense.
Woodson, an eight-time Pro Bowler who as a Wolverine in 1997 became the only defensive player to ever earn the Heisman Trophy, signed a seven-year contract worth roughly $52.7 million with Green Bay in April 2006.
The 6-foot-1, 202 pound Woodson, a seven-time All-Pro who made the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team, is a player for the ages and his impact can’t be understated.
Regardless, the Packers must keep the 6-foot-1, 247 pound Hawk.
The former Buckeye has compiled 714 tackles, 13.5 sacks and eight interceptions in 110 contests as a Packer.
Although a valuable asset, Woodson, the winner of the 2009 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, has been plagued with injuries and is nearly a geriatric on the gridiron.
Conversely, Hawk is a youngster with numerous seasons left in the prime of his career in TitleTown.
Ultimately, expect A.J. Hawk, and not Charles Woodson, to be a Packers employee when Green Bay captures the third Vince Lombardi Trophy in its fabled history.by