Report: A.J. Hawk will earn $10.95 million in 2011

A.J. Hawk got a raise for 2010 after he was released so the Green Bay Packers would not have to pay him $10 million in 2011.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette takes a look at the numbers inside the deal that the linebacker signed last Thursday. Per the report, Hawk will earn $10.95 million in 2011. However, while the old contract called for him to be paid $10 million in base pay, the new deal will divide the money in different ways so the salary cap hit is not so significant.

Hawk picked up an $8 million signing bonus in the $33.75 million, five-year deal. It’s expected that the salary cap will return this year so the bonus money will be spread out over the life of the contract. Hawk has a roster bonus of $1.8 million this year with a base salary of $1.15 million.

His base salary goes up to $4.4 million in 2012 and is $4.9 million in 2013 and 2014 before jumping to $5.4 million in 2015.

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