Giants free-agent defensive tackle makes a last-ditch effort to score big payday.
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who remains unsigned and in search of a big free-agent payday, has met with the Indianapolis Colts, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
Source: DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Colts today. Arguably the top free agent still available.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 11, 2017
The 25-year-old Hankins is arguably the best remaining unsigned free agent left on the market. However, there doesn’t appear to have been much in the way of interest for his services, presumably because his asking price has been a turnoff .
That hasn’t stopped Hankins from continuing to chase the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Per ESPN, the defensive tackle was, at one point during the free-agency process, seeking a deal that would pay him more than $10 million per year.
Hankins had his best season in 2014, recording career highs in tackles (51 total), sacks (7.0) and passes defensed (3).
He was on his way toward building on that breakout in 2015 until a pectoral muscle injury ended his 2015 campaign after only nine games.
Hankins tried to regain the mojo from his 2014 campaign but to no avail. Last year, he finished with just 43 total tackles, three sacks and no passes defensed.
The Giants have made it clear that they would like to bring back Hankins, the only key member of their 2016 defense that finished No. 10 overall.
Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters at last month’s league meetings that there had been “no real movement” on the Hankins front.
“We still very much like him on our team. He’s a good player, really good kid,” Mara said, according to NJ Advance Media. “He adds a lot to our team. Hopefully we’ll get it worked out. But I have no idea whether that will happen or not.”
Steve Tisch, Mara’s business partner, confirmed the existence of a multiyear offer to Hankins still being on the table, adding, “I think Johnathan and his agent (Kevin Poston) know where we are. The agent has all the phone numbers.”
The Giants begin their offseason strength and conditioning program on April 18 at the team’s East Rutherford headquarters.
The Colts have $31.933 million in cap space per the NFLPA’s public salary cap report.