The new contract was first reported at Mac’s Football Blog, a wonderfully independent source of football news. Under the deal, Hawthorne gets a raise on his salary for the remainder of this season and a base salary of $900,000 next season, according to the salary database of the NFL Players Association. McIntyre also reported Hawthorne received a signing bonus of $350,000.
Hawthorne is coming off his best game of the season, and he has started every game this season at weakside linebacker, taking the spot Leroy Hill played the past five seasons. Hill is on injured reserve after hurting his Achilles tendon, and he is unsigned past this season.