Colts sign Johnathan Hankins

  • Colts sign Johnathan Hankins

Colts sign Johnathan Hankins

Former New York Giants' defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, the top-rated available free agent, is signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.

According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, the Giants had a four year, $28 million offer on the table for Hankins, who was initially looking for close to $15 million per year.

There is only so much money to go around for one unit.

The Giants continue to win free agency as much as any team in the NFL.

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

Meanwhile, the Giants have a 320-pound hole to fill next to Harrison. GM Chris Ballard is off to a solid start in Indy.

Originally a 2013 2nd round pick of the Giants, the 5th-year veteran has 89 tackles, 10.0 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in 52 career games (41 starts).

He's signed a dozen unrestricted free agents, primarily reasonably-priced players such as Simon and defensive end Margus Hunt, re-signed three of his own players and traded tight end Dwayne Allen to New England.

Having just finished his fourth year in the league, the defensive lineman had a career-best season, seeing 764 total snaps.

Ballard has added four linebackers to shore up one of the thinnest positions on the roster, and Hankins becomes the third defensive lineman to join the Colts. After seeing nearly 37 percent of his snaps at nose tackle in 2015, Hankins lined up over the center just 15 percent of the time.

Taking defensive tackles off the draft board priorities allows Indianapolis to find cornerbacks, running backs, and starting safeties.