A hawk could come flying down to Miami.
Veteran free agent linebacker A.J. Hawk will work out with the Miami Dolphins this week, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Hawk was released by the Cincinnati Bengals in April. He started in 11 games with the Bengals last season but the team’s signing of veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby left Hawk expendable.
Hawk recorded 24 tackles and one sack in his first and only season in Cincinnati. The 2006 NFL Draft’s No. 6 overall selection spent his first nine years with the Green Bay Packers and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2011. He has 945 tackles, 20 sacks and nine interceptions in his career.
At 32 years old, Hawk’s best days are behind him. The linebacker can still be productive, although he’s not an every-down linebacker.
Miami’s interest in Hawk does make some sense. The Dolphins are thin at middle linebacker after Kiko Alonso. Undrafted rookie LB Mike Hull is currently second on the depth chart behind Alonso.
Hawk could also provide some veteran leadership to Miami’s linebacker unit, 10 years of experience and a Super Bowl ring will certainly validate that.
The Ohio State product had a decorated college career. Hawk was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2004 and 2005 and won the Lombardi Award (best college linebacker) in 2005.