Hankins is signing with the Raiders on Wednesday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Hankins will join the Raiders prior to Sunday's game against Denver, following an initial report that the 26-year-old would meet with the team. With Justin Ellis (foot) and P.J. Hall (ankle) both questionable for Week 2, Hankins see immediate usage in Oakland's 4-3 defense.
Hankins visited the Jets' facility on Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN reports. Hankins is arguably the best defensive lineman left on the market. The Colts cut the defensive tackle loose just one season into a three-year, $27 million contract last month, reportedly because they didn't view Hankins as fast enough to play in their new 4-3 scheme. That criticism is surprising, considering the 2013 second-rounder thrived in the Giants' 4-3 defense during the first four years of his career -- a span that includes a 51-tackle, seven-sack season in 2014. Should Hankins agree to terms with the Jets, he'd likely take over a starting job next to Leonard Williams. Gang Green previously expressed interest in Ndamukong Suh this offseason, so it's clear the Jets are looking to upgrade their defensive line.
Hankins (ankle) was released by the Colts on Saturday. Hankins had just wrapped up the first season of a three-year, $27 million deal he signed with Indianapolis last offseason. Perhaps the team's new defensive scheme made the big fella a bit more expendable. Either way, Hankins, 25, should draw a sizable market for his services.
Hankins (ankle) had 44 tackles (24 solo) and two sacks in 15 games for the Colts in 2017. Hankins started 15 games at defensive end for the Colts in the first year of the three-year contract he signed in April 2017. The 25-year-old should serve a similar role on the Indianapolis defense for the 2018 season.
Hankins sat out Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. Chuck Pagano classified the defensive lineman as day-to-day with the ankle issue, according to George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin. Though he hasn't supplied much pressure on the quarterback with two sacks through 15 games, Hankins is a key run stuffer for the Colts, racking up 44 tackles (24 solo) on the campaign.
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