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Packers Release Hawk; Bears Sign CB

 width=>>Packers Release LB Hawk

The Green Bay Packers released linebacker A.J. Hawk on Wednesday after a nine-year tenure with the team.

Hawk, 31, underwent ankle surgery in January and was set to enter the last year of his contract. He was previously released after the 2011 season but was quickly re-signed to a new deal.

In nine seasons after being selected fifth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hawk accumulated 1,118 tackles and 19 sacks in 142 regular-season games. He won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers and was an alternate selection for the Pro Bowl in one season.

 width=>>Bears Sign CB Hurst For Two Years

The Chicago Bears announced a two- year contract extension for cornerback Demontre Hurst on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma product completed his first on-field campaign by posting 39 tackles and one interception over 15 games, two of those starts. Hurst was a 2013 draft pick of Chicago, but spent his first NFL season on the practice squad.

Hurst was an exclusive-rights free agent and was only permitted to negotiate and sign with the Bears.

>>Lions Release RB Bush

The Detroit Lions released Reggie Bush on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Bush, who turns 30 next month, was due $3.25 million and coming off a disappointing season in which he battled an ankle injury for three months.

He gained 297 yards and two touchdowns rushing last year, averaging just 3.9 yards per carry. The USC product caught 40 passes for 253 yards, his second lowest receiving yardage total of his nine-year career.

Bush had a promising start with Detroit. He totaled 1,006 yards on the ground and averaged 4.5 yards per tote in 2013, his first season with the club. It was the Lions' first 1,000-yard rusher since Kevin Jones in 2004.

The move frees up more cap room in an attempt to re-sign All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Detroit is left with Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn under contract at the running back position.

>>Ravens Cut WR Jones

The Baltimore Ravens released wide receiver and return man Jacoby Jones on Wednesday.

The two sides agreed to a four-year contract last March.

Jones was primarily used on specials teams this past season, finishing with only nine receptions for 131 yards. He averaged 30.6 yards on 32 kickoff returns and 9.2 yards on 30 punt returns.

The 30-year-old veteran shined in the Ravens' win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, scoring two touchdowns, a 56-yard catch and a 108-yard kickoff return.

>>Giants Release Veteran RB Hillis

The New York Giants released running back Peyton Hillis on Wednesday.

Hillis, 29, ended last season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion on Nov. 9 in Seattle. He played in the first game nine games and finished with 115 yards on 26 carries.

The Arkansas product's numbers have significantly declined since rushing for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Cleveland Browns in 2010. He has amassed just 1,258 yards on the ground over the last four seasons.

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