Linebacker A.J. Hawk had a hunch after the Packers' season ended that he might be looking for a new team.
So he wasn't surprised after Green Bay released him Wednesday following nine years with the only club he has played with in the NFL.
"I wasn't taken by surprise. I kind of had a feeling it might happen," Hawk said on a podcast he released Wednesday after the team made the move. "The Packers actually let me know. … They've stayed awesome throughout this whole process, been super classy."
Hawk, a respected locker room presence, leaves Green Bay with 1,118 tackles, tops in the franchise since 1975. He appeared in 142 out of a 144 possible regular-season games with 136 starts since being drafted in the first round in 2006 out of Ohio State.
But Hawk lost playing time in the second half of this past season as Green Bay tried to shore up its run defense.
Hawks was scheduled to be paid $3.6 million in 2015 with an $800,000 roster bonus.
"I have no bitterness or animosity toward anyone," he said.
Also released …
Detroit released running back Reggie Bush, halfway through the four-year deal he signed as a free agent before the 2013 season.
Bush started 23 games for the Lions. He rushed for 1,006 yards in 2013, but this past season he had only 76 carries for 297 yards while slowed by injuries. Bush, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft, turns 30 next week.
Bush battled ankle and back problems last season, and 28-year-old Joique Bell emerged as the team's top rusher.
• Receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones was cut by Baltimore after three seasons, the first of which saw him as a major contributor to a Super Bowl winner. In the 2002 postseason, Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown throw from Joe Flacco to force overtime against Denver and a returned a kickoff 108 yards to spark a Super Bowl victory over San Francisco.
• The New York Giants released running back Peyton Hillis, a day after releasing veteran defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka. The two moves will save the team just under $6 million in salary cap space.
• The Inglewood, Calif., City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades. But the approval that really matters — the NFL's blessing for a team to move into the nation's second-largest media market — is a major work in progress.
• Seattle coach Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California to pick up an honorary degree. The former Trojans coach will be among six recipients of honorary degrees at the May 15 graduation ceremony.
• Atlanta signed kicker Matt Bryant to a contract extension.