The free agent market is about to enter the third wave and yet Giants free agent DT Johnathan Hankins remains unsigned.
Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, citing various NFL sources, reports that NFL teams aren’t sure that Hankins on his own is a true impact player. In fact, some have wonder just how good he really is, considering that he played next to Damon Harrison, who dominated in the run game for New York last season.
Beyond that, Jordan Raanan of ESPN recently reported sources around the league have said Hankins is asking for more than $10 million per year in a multi-year contract, which is highly unlikely considering where we are in free agency.
Dontari Poe and Bennie Logan both agreed to one-year deals at lower salaries, so it would be tough for a team to justify paying Hankins this much money now that the top end of the defensive tackle market has played out for everyone but him.
The Giants have reportedly shown interest in bringing Hankins back, but not at that price. The Dolphins have also come up as a team that could have interest, but they’re looking for value options at the position, considering that they’re already spending big money on Ndamukong Suh.
Hankins, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Giants back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $4.03 million rookie contract that included a $1.311 million signing bonus and is now testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
In 2016, Hankins appeared in all 16 games and recorded 44 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble for the Giants. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 72 interior defender out of 127 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.