The Indianapolis Colts have landed one of the best players remaining in NFL free agency, agreeing to contract terms with former New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
According to Schefter the deal is worth $30 million, with up to $15.9 million in guaranteed money over three years.
The Giants were offering $28 million over four years, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported Wednesday. Hankins’ agent originally sought $15 million annually, per Schwartz, but quickly dropped that figure to $10 million once it became clear that the market wasn’t there for his client.
The 2014 second-round draft pick left without a deal when he visited Indianapolis earlier this week. Once the Colts reached his asking price, Hankins was willing to leave the Giants’ offer behind.
While not confirming the Colts deal, Hankins took to Twitter to say by to thank the Giants organization and their fans.
— Johnathan Hankins (@BigTimeHank) April 13, 2017
Hankins, who turned 25 in March, is coming off a season in which he combined with Damon Harrison to create one of the strongest interiors in the NFL for the Giants, who went from 24th against the run in 2015 to tied for third this past season.
In 2016, Hankins totaled 43 tackles, three sacks and was third on the team with eight tackles for a loss and 10 quarterback hits.
Hankins’ presence on the inside, both in run defenses and when it comes to creating pressure in the passing game, could allow new general manager Chris Ballard to address one of many other roster needs early in this year’s draft.