GREEN BAY (Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers released leading tackler A.J. Hawk on Wednesday for financial reasons but remained hopeful of resigning him at a lower cost.

Hawk, a five-year linebacker who amassed a team-leading 111 tackles last season, was scheduled to make $10 million in 2011.

"The business side of the game is driving this decision, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson told the team's website (

"We're hopeful that we can continue to work with A.J. to have him be a part of our team in the future."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Patrick Johnston)