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 since they didn't view Hankins as fast enough to play in their new 4-3 scheme. That criticism is surprising since the 2013 second-rounder thrived in the Giants' 4-3 defense during the first four years of his career -- which 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 interested in upgrading 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 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 (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Hankins was a non-participant at practice this week after playing through the injury in last Saturday's loss to the Ravens. Hassan Ridgeway and Anthony Johnson should both see increased snap counts against the Texans in Week 17.
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.
|2013||New York Giants||11||16||9.0||7||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||16||51||29.0||22||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2015||New York Giants||9||30||21.0||9||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2016||New York Giants||16||43||28.0||15||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2014||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Giants||9||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|