Free Agency Rumors: Sign A.J. Hawk?
A.J. Hawk is a proven middle linebacker, with plenty of credibility that comes with just his name and style of play.
If Sean Weatherspoon were to come back, it would almost be certain that he would be paired up with the rising star in Paul Worrilow. But if he weren’t to re-sign, should the Falcons consider making a move for Hawk? TheFalcoholic gave us their take below.
"“Hawk fell out of favor in Green Bay last season. He reportedly struggled with bone spurs, getting surgery to fix the issue about 3 weeks ago. Hawk says it didn’t affect his performance on the field, but the Packers designated him “waived/failed physical” today. There’s certainly reason to question his health going forward. For what it’s worth, that designation was locked in because he failed his exit exam. The exit exam obviously preceded the surgery, thus it’s entirely possible the surgery fixed the problem. Plus Hawk says there really wasn’t a problem in the first place.How will he play in 2015? I wouldn’t bet on Hawk regaining his form. He struggled mightily in 2014, rating negatively in 10 of the 18 games he played in. In 2014, Hawk was arguably one of the worst, if not the worst (Paul Worrilow certainly gave him a run for his money), insider linebacker in the league. He just isn’t the player he once was, and while the Falcons need to upgrade their linebacker corps, there are other options.”"