A.J. Hawk has agreed to restructure his contract and will stay with the Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Report: Hawk restructures deal; will stay with Packers

Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette, was in town today for a physical and while there agreed to restructure his contract to take a paycut.

Many agreed that Hawk, who was scheduled to make a base salary of $5.45 million in base salary with bonuses of $550,000, might be cut from the team to save salary cap room because the team is faced with writing big checks at some point for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews.

Though the Packers were reported to be about $18 million under the cap (the most of any NFC North team), they still have to pay for restricted free agents Sam Shields and Evan Dietrich-Smith, their draft choices, as well as come up with the money to pay for Rodgers and Matthews. The restructuring will help that all come to fruition.

A decision on whether to extend this year’s contract to tight end Jermichael Finley is also still up in the air. Finley has said that the team has not approached him about taking a pay cut and admitted that he would walk if he was asked to do so. He is due money at the end of this month and the team must decide whether to pay him, cut him or ask him to take the pay cut.

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