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Falcons Sign Veteran LB A.J. Hawk

Update:

The Falcons signed veteran LB A.J. Hawk to a one-year prorated contract worth the $985,000 league minimum with a $15,000 signing bonus, according to Vaughn McClure.

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The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran LB A.J. Hawk to a contract on Tuesday, according to his agent Mike McCartney.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reported earlier in the day that the Falcons were showing interest in Hawk as they continue to deal with injuries at the position, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

As of now, the Falcons’ injuries at linebacker include De’Vondre Campbell (ankle), Deion Jones (calf), Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles, I.R.) and Paul Worrilow (groin).

Hawk, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Packers back in 2006. After nine years in Green Bay, Hawk signed two-year, $3.25 million contract with the Bengals last year and was set to make a base salary of $1.1 million for the 2016 season.

However, the Bengals elected to move on and released him in a move that cleared $1.4 million in available cap space.

In 2015, Hawk appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals and recorded 24 tackles and sack. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 52 linebacker out of 97 qualifying players.

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