Still no deal for top available free agent Johnathan Hankins

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Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is the best free agent still available in the NFL, and there has been surprisingly little talk of teams showing interest.

Hankins is the No. 49 player in our Free Agent Hot 100, making him the only player in the Top 50 still unsigned, and one of just 13 available in the Top 100. So why isn’t there any interest?

He may have priced himself out of the market. A report in the first days of free agency that he was asking for more than $10 million a year could have led teams to turn elsewhere until Hankins lowers his asking price. The one-year, $8 million contracts signed by free agent defensive tackles Dontari Poe and Bennie Logan indicate that teams just aren’t looking to spend that kind of money at that position.

Hankins is a good player who started all 16 games for the Giants last year and could start for most teams. Some team will surely pay him starter money, but it may not be soon, and it may not be anything close to the money Hankins is asking for.

42 responses to “Still no deal for top available free agent Johnathan Hankins

  1. Actually, the Giants have had an offer on the table for him all along. Its just not at $10 mill per season.

    Either he needs to listen to his agents (if they are being honest with him about the market) or fire them, because they misled him….

  2. Hankins is good but not elite, yet he is looking for elite money. Even with Snacks Harrison next to him (an therefore no double teams), he didn’t give the Giants an inside pass rush they were expecting. His agent isn’t helping either.

  3. This is where a player waits for an injury or suspension to another player to get singed. He’ll get his cash, just in late summer/early Autumn not in Spring.

  4. Beau Allen’s injury is now reported as being season-ending.

    Cox, Jernigan, Hankins, and Vaeaeo rotating on the interior wouldn’t be such a bad thing, though I doubt the Eagles have the cap room to craft something that would satisfy Hank.

    I’d be shocked if Roseman didn’t at least explore the possibility.

  5. You are only worth what someone is willing to pay you!
    You can stand by your principles and say “I will not accept less than X number of Dollars!” but you better be prepared for the reality that you may be left standing on the outside looking in.

  6. Overrated bum.

    No bull-rush power, no twitch, no moves. Never impacts the game.

    A 2 down player, and a mediocre one. Dime a dozen, easily replaceable.

    Addition by subtraction if he signs with another team.

  7. The 49ers have almost 80 million in cap space and were historically bad against the run last year, seems like a no brainer

  8. He also had the advantage of playing next to Damon Harrison, JPP and Olivier Vernon. He’s good. But he’s not great.

  9. Hankins isnt a bum….Giants fans have just become spoiled because the one thing Reese usually gets right is drafting good DT’s. This is also the reason why the Giants arent sweating Hankins leaving.

  10. wryly1 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:34 AM
    It is the agent’s job to know what is the market value for his client.

    ————

    True, who is his agent and whats the track record?

    This sounds a bit like Malcolm Butler’s agent.

  11. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:30 AM
    Come to NE for half, the ring is the thing big guy.
    ===================

    The desire to be associated with a championship is obviously enough to make a fish fan pose as a Pats backer chipster but for a 26 year old looking for his first big payday probably not so much.

  12. The Packers are looking for a few good defensive players and if he lowers his demands a little he just may pique the interest of one Ted Thompson who has finally realized that free agents can actually help a team get to the super bowl.

  13. Hankins is more of a borderline player, than a top player. He’s the kind of player teams are hoping to get in the 4th thru 6th round. You can’t afford $10 million for those type players. At least not in April, when nobody is desperate.

  14. Just resign and get over yourself. The Giants offer is probably as good as you’ll get and Snacks will make you look better than you really are.

  15. I think Hankins is a good player but not a $10M per year player. Those other two players signed $8M one year deals. Reportedly, Hankins wants $10M per year in a multiyear deal. I just don’t see that happening. He’s just not an elite player. There are several teams that could use some help at DL and have the cap room (JAX, CLE and SF) come to mind but to my knowledge they haven’t even shown any interest, presumably because of his high asking price. He probably didn’t do himself any favors by asking for such a high number. He should have kept mum on it and shopped around to see what his best deal would be. Now he’s in a pickle.

  16. He needs to sign a one-year deal somewhere. He’ll have a better chance to cash in next season, he’s already missed that boat this season.

  17. Dallas actually has close to 2 mil in space today and will have an additional 14 mil come June 1. Although I don’t anticipate a deal with Hankins (and definitely not at 10 per), never say never.

  18. Come to Jacksonville. It isn’t about the money, we have swimming pools and palm trees in the stadium and we outdrew the Steelers last year.

  19. His agent is Kevin Poston. You know, the one with the brother Carl. They’re both kings of ransom. Very bad agents. Most NFL players fired these two losers long ago. They now only represent three marginal NFL players. What’s Hankins doing with these clowns?

  20. Hole plugging DT’s are almost as useless as AP and the Power I rb. Teams just don’t lineup and pound you anymore, they want quick twitch DT’s who can read, react and get pressure up the middle. $6m tops for some team with no NT for situations where they have to stop the run.

  21. Hankins was and is a solid player when he was the “stud” of a inferior defense. With the cast around him improving Hankins now is just part of the core. He’s not the marquee in name or his caliber of play.

  22. Matt from San Diego says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:41 AM
    derekgorgonstar says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:37 AM
    Dallas. One year. 6 million. Do it.

    ——————–

    Dallas only has 200,000 in cap space.

    So…NIEN!!!

    20 6

    AHH..NO. they have roughly 5.5 million for the top 51
    ( that is what counts), and when Romo comes off the books June 1st they will have another 14M added, so they have roughly 20 Million to spend on rookies(Their rookie pool should account for about 5M) and any free agents before the season starts.

    Gert your facts straight

  23. He’s a good two down tackle looking to get paid like an elite three down player. No mystery here.

  24. billh1947 says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:58 AM
    The Packers are looking for a few good defensive players..
    ++++++++=========+++++++++========
    billh, I’m a Packer fan. No we don’t want Hankins unless he plays like he did in 2014. He’s a better version of Letroy Guion. He doesn’t create enough QB pressure which has killed the Packers. We need a DT / NT who can get a good push upfield from a the A gap and move the oppositions QB out of the pocket. Because we don’t get good consistent pressure on the QB it makes our Defensive Backfield look worse than they are. Agree ??
    You can’t give a QB 5 seconds and allow him to make 3 or 4 reads.It will kill you every time. Hankins – good player to plug the middle but not what the Packers need right now.

  25. RandyinRoxbury says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:30 AM

    Come to NE for half, the ring is the thing big guy.
    ________________

    Sure. When he’s bankrupt he can pawn that ring for a few thousand. You patsy crybabies need to understand now is his time to maximize his income while he can still earn it.

  26. His market value is surely being hurt by the fact that this draft is considered to be a very good one for D-linemen. If he’s smart, he’ll sign before Goodell steps up to the podium to put Cleveland on the clock.

  27. Matt from San Diego says:
    Apr 9, 2017 9:41 AM
    derekgorgonstar says:
    Apr 9, 2017 7:37 AM
    Dallas. One year. 6 million. Do it.

    ——————–

    Dallas only has 200,000 in cap space.

    So…NIEN!!!

    20 6

    AHH..NO. they have roughly 5.5 million for the top 51
    ( that is what counts), and when Romo comes off the books June 1st they will have another 14M added, so they have roughly 20 Million to spend on rookies(Their rookie pool should account for about 5M) and any free agents before the season starts.

    Gert your facts straight

    —————————————————–

    Spot Trac says Dal is 3.5M over. If yall had 20M yall wouldn’t have had to let for entire Defensive backfield walk.

    Dal hasn’t had 20M in cap space in decades

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