Report: Johnathan Hankins Signs with the Colts

Free agent defensive tackle gets big pay day from the Colts.

Free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is set to sign a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The 25-year-old Hankins, considered one of the top unsigned free agents left on the market, had reportedly been in the market for a rich payout that, per various sources, averaged in the $10 million per year range.

The New York Post reported Wednesday that the Giants had a four-year, $28 million offer on the table for Hankins, a deal that averaged $7 million per year.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Hankins’ Colts contract will pay $10.5 million in the first year and $15.9 million guaranteed.  If Hankins finishes the entire contract he will hit free agency again at the age of 27.

The Giants, who were likely to draft a defensive tackle regardless of what happened with Hankins, now appear to have an even bigger hole to fill on their defensive line, with the signing of a veteran being a possibility

Hankins, a second-round draft pick in 2013 out of Ohio State, finishes his Giants career with 140 tackles, 10 sacks, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

He posted career highs of 51 tackles, seven sacks, four passes defensed in 2014.

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