According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, free agent defensive tackle Johnathon Hankins has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The deal is worth a reported $30 million over three seasons including $15.9 million in guaranteed salary.
Hankins had appeared in 52 of 64 possible games since being drafted from Ohio State to the New York Giants four years ago. Hankins was the Giants second round selection in 2013.
Hankins was a key cog to the Giants defense starting all 16 games recording 43 tackles, 3 sacks and forced a fumble. He should be a welcoming addition to a Colts team that has struggled on the defensive side of the ball in years past.
The Colts are spending big money on a defensive tackle who specializes in the run support. The Colts gave up 120.4 yards per game on the ground a season ago making this a necessary move to shore up the front seven.
Hankins was long rumored to be seeking a deal larger than the one he received. Initial reports from his agent was that he was seeking $15 million a year annually.
The Giants remained true to their offer of 4 years $28 million in hopes no team would give Hankins more money.
The Colts payed the price and received one of the better players on the defensive market.