Packers release Hawk, Weddle tendered

UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Packers have signed A.J. Hawk to a five year deal.

With the collective bargaining agreement set to officially expire in just over 30 hours, there are plenty of moves being made throughout the league.

With Chad Greenway (MIN) and David Harris (NYJ) both receiving the franchise tags from their teams and signing their franchise tenders shortly thereafter, the free agent linebacker crop weakened. However, Adam Schefter reports that the Packers have released veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk to avoid paying him the $10 million he was due in 2011. Even with Hawk set to join the linebacker free agents, the class is weak.

Stephen Tulloch and Paul Posluszny both received tenders from their team, leaving the list of top unrestricted free agents as of now down to Barrett Ruud of the Buccaneers, A.J. Hawks of the Packers and James Anderson of the Panthers.

At the safety position, the Chargers have placed the first round tender on Eric Weddle, a player that would appear to be an interesting prospect for the Jaguars. What that means exactly, is unknown as of now and wont be known until the NFLPA and NFL agree upon a new CBA. However, it is unlikely that the tenders will be binding.

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