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Giants want to re-sign Johnathan Hankins, but won’t be “irresponsible”

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Linebacker Zach Brown and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins are the only two players left unsigned or untagged in the top 50 on PFT’s list of 2017’s top free agents, but it appears one of those players could end his stay on the list pretty quickly.

Kim Jones of NFL Media reports that Hankins has a multi-year offer on the table to return to the Giants that “stacks up well” with the market that has developed for his services. That market obviously hasn’t been what Hankins was hoping to find and Giants co-owner John Mara suggested on Sunday that the team isn’t going to move much in order to get Hankins on board.

“There’s still one more piece out there that we’d like to keep, but we wanted to try to do that if possible without being irresponsible,” Mara said, via the New York Post. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. We certainly want him back, but it’s got to make sense for us. He’s an important part of our team, he’s a great kid, he’s young and he fits in very well with us.”

A Hankins return would allow the Giants to bring back all 11 of their starters from last season. That would seem to bode well for further improvement for a defense that took a big leap in 2016, but Hankins has to agree to the deal to make it happen.

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14 Responses to “Giants want to re-sign Johnathan Hankins, but won’t be “irresponsible””
  1. tcostant says: Mar 27, 2017 10:38 AM

    What is Hankins waiting for?

  2. zackattack006 says: Mar 27, 2017 11:27 AM

    Come to Miami! SoBe awaits you… no state income taxes.. Paradise with a great coach.. What else do you want?

  3. nyfootballgiants says: Mar 27, 2017 11:38 AM

    His agent needs to explain to Hankins what the market’s response is to his demands….

    Hankins also needs to understand that offers aren’t open forever – and there will be a point where it may no longer be available.

    I’ll bet the Giants would sign him to a one year show me deal. I can’t promise that if he does that, that he will get a better offer from the Giants next year – but he needs to decide what is most important. $$$ or Situation?

  4. 700levelvet says: Mar 27, 2017 11:46 AM

    “stats are for losers”…

  5. redlikethepig says: Mar 27, 2017 11:46 AM

    His agents are known for outrageous demands and problem negotiations.

  6. RuddyJamesDIO says: Mar 27, 2017 11:58 AM

    Sign with the Skins!!!

  7. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Mar 27, 2017 12:05 PM

    nyfootballgiants says:
    Mar 27, 2017 11:38 AM

    I’ll bet the Giants would sign him to a one year show me deal. I can’t promise that if he does that, that he will get a better offer from the Giants next year – but he needs to decide what is most important. $$$ or Situation?
    What’s so attractive about the Giants situation? You make it sound like they’re the Pats.

    The bottom line is that NYG has Eli Manning playing QB. He’s gotten hot for two 8 game stretches in his career and that’s somehow translated to 2 super bowls. Other than that, he’s the definition of mediocre. Plus, NYG has an OL that scares no one and no RBs worth salt. Yeah, they’ve got a defense. But that FA spending is going to come due soon, and FAs get old fast. Odds are that the D isn’t as good in 17 as it was in 16.

    I could see NY winning the NFCLeast next year and being one of the better teams in the conference. I could also see them regressing behind an awful running attack and the further decline of a mediocre and aging QB. Plus, ATL, TB, GB, SEA and AZ also have pretty good teams. Not to mention DAL – who has work to do on defense, but they’ll be able to light up the scoreboard too.

    I don’t blame him one bit for trying to get every penny he can.

  8. chc4 says: Mar 27, 2017 12:31 PM

    Hankins isn’t a “kid”. Can’t stand it when grown adults are referred to that way.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 27, 2017 12:44 PM

    What’s so attractive is that they’re NOT the pats. When you win here, it isn’t because you cheated.

  10. polksaladandy says: Mar 27, 2017 1:09 PM

    Mr. Wrong, when the Giants win, it’s an anomaly. In the 13 seasons that Eli has been their starter, the Giants have won a playoff game in only 2 seasons. Yes, everyone knows that those 2 seasons resulted in championships, but the fact remains that in 11 of 13 seasons, they didn’t win a single playoff game. During that same time span, your beloved, and pathetically embarrassing Knicks have been almost as relevant. But at least you’ve grown to accept your boys’ many shortcomings.

  11. goldtooth80 says: Mar 27, 2017 1:46 PM

    Hankins might wait until the draft… A DT needy team may have made promises to a contract should a player on their draft board not be available…

  12. lingkonginstitute says: Mar 27, 2017 2:06 PM

    I guess this is just an Unsolved Mystery….. Josh

  13. 1phillyphan says: Mar 27, 2017 3:12 PM

    One if the most under rated free agents on the market this year. We lost Bennie Logan this year who imo was over paid. Philly offered 8 million a yr for Logan.
    Philly should go get Hankins for what they offered Logan to play along side of one of top 3 DTs in the league on a team on the rise.
    Welcome to Philly!!

  14. abanig says: Mar 27, 2017 9:08 PM

    You can em on down 95 and play NT for the Skins! We’d love to solve our NT problem for the next 5 years and we need a Buckeye on our D. We haven’t had s good Buckeye on our D since Shawn Springs a decade ago.

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