Hawthorne, 27, joined the Pack as a free agent two weeks into the 2003 season. He quickly became the team's go-to guy as a backup at corner and safety and saw a lot of playing time in nickel and dime packages.
The Purdue product produced career highs in interceptions with two against Oakland, and passes defensed with six. After joining the team Sept. 15 Hawthorne played in every regular-season game and both post-season contests. He started the final two regular-season games after cornerback Mike McKenzie went down with a toe injury.
Hawthorne (6-3, 200 pounds), was a sixth-round draft pick of New Orleans in 2000. He spent three seasons with the Saints and now is entering his fifth NFL campaign.