Jonathan Hankins signs with Colts

Ross Houston
April 13, 2017

Hankins visited the Colts earlier this week, and obviously the two sides were able to work out a deal.

The New York Giants and Johnathan Hankins have been engaged in a free agency saga that went on longer than anyone expected it to. The 2016 regular season also marked a big return for Hankins, who spent half of the 2015 season on injured reserve.

Hankins was among the top free agents at his position heading into the offseason, but once the Giants used the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul, the writing was on the wall. Whether unfortunately or otherwise, those calls failed to influence his decision in a strong enough manner to bring him back.

On Thursday afternoon, veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins made the decision that his services were no longer needed in NY and subsequently agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. During that time, he racked up 140 total tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. The blocked field goal was returned by Janoris Jenkins for a 65-yard touchdown that played a direct result in NY winning its second game of the year.

New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the second quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Hankins had a standing offer from the Giants that remained on the table. San Francisco invested first-round picks in the last two drafts in OR defensive linemen DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead, although they are better pass rushers than interior run stuffers. Thank you for your four years with Big Blue!

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