Hankins will sign a three-year, $30 million deal with the Colts on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Hankins' deal reportedly includes $14.5 million in guaranteed money. The talented defensive lineman was arguably the best defensive player left in free agency, and while the Colts were originally unlikely to sign him, they eventually decided they were willing to pay him the type money he has wanted for the past couple of months. As a player, Hankins should provide a major boost for the Colts' run defense, which was a bottom-10 group in 2016.
Hankins, who visited with Colts management Tuesday, is unlikely to sign with Indianapolis, Stephen Holder of The Indy Star reports. Hankins is arguably the top remaining free agent left on the open market and would seemingly be a great fit on a team that bled 120.4 rushing yards per game last season, seventh-worst in the NFL. However, he's reportedly seeking an annual salary on par with some of the best defensive linemen in the league and the Colts evidently aren't willing to dole out that kind of money. While a deal with Indianapolis can't be completely ruled out, at this point in time it seems a reunion with the Giants is Hankins' most likely contract resolution.
Hankins visited the Colts on Tuesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports. While seemingly disappointed with the market for his services, Hankins has a good chance to receive the largest contract among free agents that remain unsigned. The Giants likely still hope to retain him, but the Colts have a greater need for a run-stuffing defensive lineman and may thus be willing to offer a larger contract. Hankins had seven sacks back in 2014, but he's only managed three sacks in 36 games across his other three NFL seasons.
Hankins could still re-sign with the Giants, NJ.com reports. With the exception of Baltimore's Brandon Williams, the market for defensive tackles hasn't quite shaped up the way many players were hoping. Hankins ultimately may have to settle for an annual salary far lower than what he was expecting, or else accept a one-year contract similar to the one Dontari Poe signed with Atlanta. He may have thought he'd priced himself out of the Giants' range, but it now appears Hankins could stick with the team for at least one more year. He's arguably the top interior lineman left on the market.
Hankins had two solo tackles, one assist and a sack against the Packers Sunday. Overshadowed by his more famous linemates, Hankins is a solid run stuffer in his own right and managed three sacks as an interior lineman.
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