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Packers release AJ Hawk


GREEN BAY (TSN-WSAU) The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have released linebacker A.J. Hawk, tight end Donald Lee and safety Derrick Martin.

Hawk recorded 111 tackles this past season, his most since his rookie campaign in 2006. He also had three interceptions and half a sack in 16 games -- 15 as a starter.

The Ohio State product has recorded 510 tackles, eight picks and nine sacks during his five seasons, all spent with the Packers, who selected him fifth overall in the 2006 draft.

Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson indicated the decision was based more on financial factors than performance-based ones.

"With A.J., the business side of the game is driving this decision," Thompson said. "We're hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future."

Lee made 11 catches for 73 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games in 2010, his sixth season with the Packers. He has made 198 grabs for 1,875 yards and 19 scores over eight seasons with Green Bay and Miami.

"We want to thank Donald for all of his contributions to the Packers and for being a good teammate throughout his career in Green Bay," Thompson added.

Martin suffered a season-ending knee injury in a Week 5 loss to Washington. He had recorded nine tackles and one interception in five games before his second Green Bay campaign was cut short.

The Wyoming product has registered 80 tackles and three picks over five seasons with the Ravens and Packers.