Could A.J. Hawk Help The Bucs?

February 18th, 2010

As Joe is wont to do at work — when he’s not daydreaming of Rachel Watson — he was listening to Sirius NFL Radio when he heard “The Godfather,” Gil Brandt, talk about Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Joe isn’t sure what Brandt’s connection is to the Packers, but Brandt often notes how he has watched a Packers’ practice from time to time.

In discussing Hawk, a four-year starter at middle linebacker for the Packers, Brandt said he was “disappointed” with the Ohio State product. Brandt noted that Hawk really isn’t a 3-4 linebacker — he was drafted by the Packers when they ran a 43 front.

Brandt said the Packers had a few players on that defense the team might be looking to replace, since the current defense under Dom Capers is not such a good fit.

Brandt only mentioned Hawk (though Joe knows defensive end Aaron Kampman is on thin ice in Green Bay).

This got Joe wondering whether, by chance, Hawk could be had on the cheap, might he bolster the Bucs’ linebackers and be an insurance policy of sorts if Barrett Ruud would walk away?

3 Responses to “Could A.J. Hawk Help The Bucs?”

  1. Marlow Says:

    Sorry, but HAWK would not be a back-up, he hasn’t played that poorly. However, it would be a dynamic addition.

  2. Mike J Says:

    Hawk was originally an outside guy, wasn’t he??

  3. Bob Fox Says:

    Hawk was an OLB in the 4-3 and an ILB in the 3-4, although he played MLB after Nick Barnett got hurt in 2008 in the 4-3. Hawk played fairly well down the stretch in 2009 for the Packers and has led the team in tackles 2 of his 4 years in the NFL. In 2010, Hawk is, in essence, entering a contract year. His deal will void after the season, and he’s on the books for $4.6 million.