ProFootballTalk Free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has finally found his new team. Hankins is signing a three-year deal with the Colts, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter reports that it’s a three-year, $30 million contract with $14.5 million guaranteed. Hankins had reportedly been holding out for a $10 million a year average, and those numbers suggest he has received it, although it’s possible that the contract is structured in such a way that he’s not really going to see all $30 million.
As a New York Giants fan, I hate to see Jonathan Hankins leave, but the two sides were very far apart during contract negotiations as the Giants felt Hankins greatly overvalued himself. The Giants felt that some of Hankins success was due to the fact that the opposition was focused on blocking their other top flight defensive linemen such as Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul, that they forgot about Hankins and he took advantage. Reports suggested that Hankins’ camp was initially seeking $12 million per year, while the Giants were offering $5 million, and I always felt that “Big Hank” would end up back on the Giants on a one year “prove it” contract. The Colts get a good young player to anchor their defense in Hankins, which they desperately need, because their defense was terrible in 2016. Now the opposition will be focused on blocking Hankins, and with the Colts, Hankins will have to prove that he can succeed without All-Pro teammates surrounding him. As for the Giants, they have a huge hole to fill in the middle of their defense, and the guy who will get the first crack at plugging that hole is Jay Bromley. Do not be surprised if the Giants select a defensive tackle in the early rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Giants know how important a strong defensive line is, and the depth chart is thin behind “Snacks” Harrison at defensive tackle.