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Colts sign top available free agent Jonathan Hankins

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Free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has finally found his new team.

Hankins is signing a three-year deal with the Colts, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schefter reports that it’s a three-year, $30 million contract with $14.5 million guaranteed. Hankins had reportedly been holding out for a $10 million a year average, and those numbers suggest he has received it, although it’s possible that the contract is structured in such a way that he’s not really going to see all $30 million.

Hankins has been an impressive young player with the Giants, and he was the top available player in our Free Agent Hot 100. With Hankins now signed, every free agent in the Top 50 is now off the market.

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29 Responses to “Colts sign top available free agent Jonathan Hankins”
  1. kferguson2002 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:47 PM

    We desperately needed a force in the middle. Good signing by Ballard

  2. irsaysneedle says: Apr 13, 2017 1:54 PM

    colts are well on their way to replacing cleveland as the most pathetic franchise in the league. way to go, jimmy

  3. 3beeps says: Apr 13, 2017 1:54 PM

    Let’s see how he does without Snacks Harrison around to do the heavy lifting.

  4. 12444uggg says: Apr 13, 2017 1:56 PM

    Not bad Chris. We may yet field a D in Indy that won’t cost us the season.

  5. terripet says: Apr 13, 2017 1:57 PM

    Beautiful great signing by Ballard

  6. learysdisciples says: Apr 13, 2017 1:58 PM

    How about an offensive lineman?

  7. wib22 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:00 PM

    Hang another banner

  8. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 13, 2017 2:05 PM

    Now the goal of 8-8 for the Colts in 2017 is within sight!

  9. stevesul1 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:07 PM

    As a Giants fan, he was not worth $10 million. He lined up next to Snacks with Olivier Vernon and JPP on the line. Giants were not going to overpay for an average guy. They let Linval Joseph walk to the Vikings (and he was a lot better) and replaced him with Big Hank. They’ll draft his replacement this year.

  10. redlikethepig says: Apr 13, 2017 2:08 PM

    He’s a solid player … but Indy is paying him elite money.

  11. coltsreign says: Apr 13, 2017 2:09 PM

    Im still wary since he held out for almost a month.

  12. justintuckrule says: Apr 13, 2017 2:14 PM

    Good player. Take it from me. He wasn’t good simply playing next to Snacks. Our run defense wasn’t bad the year before Snacks but fell apart when he got hurt.

  13. gbpackfan3 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:15 PM

    if they would commit to really addressing the front 7 this draft they could make a return to the playoffs

  14. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:19 PM

    Good signing for the Colts, they needed help up front. Denver fan here.

  15. JaminJake says: Apr 13, 2017 2:25 PM

    Good signing as they need defensive help and can’t seem to draft any to save their life.

    Maybe they’ll even get an offensive line to protect their QB. Their lack of attention dates back to when Tarik Glenn retired(definitely prematurely, but he wanted to leave the game). The OL Manning took to the SB against the Saints was atrocious. Colts need to realize you can ride a stud pony to a win, but giving them better supporting cast might get you another win or so.

  16. jag1959 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:26 PM

    Good player but not worth that kind of green especially with all the DT help available in this draft.

  17. tedmurph says: Apr 13, 2017 2:27 PM

    Colts are quietly having a pretty nice off-season. Firing Grigson was the smarest thing they’ve ever done and long overdue. That division will be pretty good this season.

  18. fatelvis77 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:29 PM

    I’ve seen every game he played. He was just okay as a DT. Unless the Colts’ alternatives truly stunk he is not going to be a difference maker. His run D was decent, not great. His sacks came as he cleaned up when the outside pressure of JPP and Vernon forced the QB into his arms. No way in the world does this guy get $10M per. Definitely not worth it.

  19. councilofargos says: Apr 13, 2017 2:30 PM

    Say it aint so Joe, the Colts spent money on Defense.

    They acknowledged that side plays football too.

    let me guess, next they are going to spoil Andrew Luck and draft O-line.

    The Colts I think need 2 things to make the playoffs, an improved front 7 on defense, and a better o line for Andrew Luck.

  20. arwiv says: Apr 13, 2017 2:40 PM

    Hankins was good and we’ll miss him (even though he wasnt worth 10 mill a year). Luckily Reese is pretty good at replacing our departing FA DT’s. He let Cofield walk, he let Linval walk, and now Hankins. Its the Giants MO when it comes to DT’s.

    Also, if the Giants had signed him we’d have almost no cap space after signing the rookies. Good luck Hank.

  21. eatme2259 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:53 PM

    And packers continue not to to sign free agents.

  22. redlikethepig says: Apr 13, 2017 2:53 PM

    The only other offer was for $7,000,000 a year. It looks like the Colts won the bidding war … with themselves.

  23. 12444uggg says: Apr 13, 2017 2:54 PM

    3 years at 10 mill with only 14 up front is not breaking the bank. If he’s just solid/good, given the state of the D, it’s a fine deal.

  24. tylawspick6 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:58 PM

    this guy is the definiton of being mediocre

    leave it to the colts to think they can beat the pats
    and put all of that money into one basket

    pats to feast and drop 40+ on that feeble d littered
    with selfish moneygrabbers

  25. jazzawakens says: Apr 13, 2017 3:24 PM

    The Colts have a qb that would take them very far if they ever put a line to protect him. They get him weapons but there seems to be some resistance to worry about protection. Luck is not over rated hes just under too much pressure all the time see how good he is.

    Agreed the Grigson firing was their best off season move. Getting a different brain in there might lead to fixing what I speak to above.

  26. pacers1968 says: Apr 13, 2017 3:40 PM

    For those that do not pay attention, they drafted four offensive linemen last year and signed a guard this year. Think some people just post because it is the colts… here comes another banner joke……

  27. footballboozer says: Apr 13, 2017 3:41 PM

    I see a banner being risen soon….We have a free agent.

  28. mcniner55 says: Apr 13, 2017 4:37 PM

    How much longer till Andrew Luck can leave that organization and find a better one?

  29. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 13, 2017 8:36 PM

    I think they overpaid for him. He’s been on the market for awhile and the Colts are the only one who gave him close to what he wanted. They must have been desperate to get some DL help. It’ll be interesting to see whether it pays off but I have a feeling he’s another player who benefitted from other players on the DL and once he’s on the Colts won’t have as much success.

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