On Thursday afternoon, veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins made the decision that his services were no longer needed in NY and subsequently agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
NY reportedly had a standing four-year, $28 million deal on the table for Hankins, but the 25 year-old former Ohio State Buckeye was seeking a deal that would pay him closer to $10 million per year.
Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reported earlier this week that Hankins left a meeting with the Indianapolis Colts without a contract, and also that "it does not appear Hankins is destined to don the horseshoe".
Many were wondering how Johnathan Hankins could possibly still be on the market at this point in the offseason.
"With the 23rd overall selection in the draft, the Giants may have a shot at Michigan State's Malik McDowell, a 6'6", 295 pound versatile player who can play all along the defensive line.
In other words, the Giants played this one out perfectly.
After taking Hankins in the second round of the 2013 draft, he started 41 of 52 games, had 140 tackles and 10 sacks in four seasons with NY. "Money is important, don't get me wrong, but if you go with the wrong club, the wrong coach or the wrong city, you've got a lot of stuff".
Chris Ballard has said player acquisition is 365 days a year.
The NFL draft looms, but the Indianapolis Colts continue to explore free-agent possibilities.
Ballard has been busy in free agency, but hardly reckless. After seeing nearly 37 percent of his snaps at nose tackle in 2015, Hankins lined up over the center just 15 percent of the time. Damon Harrison is one of the best defensive tackles in the National Football League, but NY runs a 4-3 base that requires a second interior defender. "He possesses a wealth of experience and brings leadership to our team".