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Hawk lands $8M signing bonus in five-year, $33.75M Pack deal

The five-year deal that linebacker A.J. Hawk received from the Green Bay Packers last week includes an $8 million signing bonus and is worth $33.75 million, which is $6.75 million annually.

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Hawk will make $1.15 million in base salary in 2011, with a $1.8 million roster bonus. He will count just $4.55 million against the salary cap. In 2012, Hawk's base salary will jump to $4.4 million with a $300,000 roster bonus and a $250,000 workout bonus.

In 2013, Hawk will earn $4.9 million in base salary with the same roster and workout bonuses as in 2012. In 2014, his base salary again will be $4.9 million with an $800,000 roster bonus and a $250,000 workout bonus. And in 2015, his base salary will be $5.4 million, with an $800,000 roster bonus and a $250,000 workout bonus.

Hawk was released by the Packers for salary-cap reasons last week, then quickly re-signed. Hawk, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, originally was scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2011, and the Packers hoped to bring him back at a reduced salary.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Monday that coach Mike McCarthy's contract, extended Friday, averages just over $5.5 million over five years.

McCarthy had two years remaining on his previous contract.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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