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Hankins signs with Colts, bids NY farewell

Well, the wait is over, and now the New York Giants are down a defensive lineman. The departure of Hankins surely means a late draft pick will be spent on the defensive tackle position.

Now former New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, has taken his talents to Indianapolis. I'd rather south beach, but heck, Hankins will be earning $10 million per year, he will be just fine. 

 The top-rated available free agent, signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the colts, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter today. The deal includes $14.5 million in guaranteed money. Despite the Colts not announcing the singing, Hankins delivered his farewell address. 

 

"I want to thank the Giants organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. Especially, to the Mara and Tisch families for welcoming me and supporting me the last four years," he wrote. "Thank you to my teammates for going to battle every game with me. I appreciate everything this organization has given me and my family. Thank you to all of the fans, I will never forget Big Blue Nation."

 

Hankins was a second-round pick in 2013 by the Giants, and has been a three-year starter, playing in 52 games and recording 140 tackles along with 10 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. 

 

Although his statistics don't match up evenly with the better lineman in the league, his run stopping grades are superb, and will be missed by the Giants. 

 

With another hole to fill at DT, the Giants will likely be scanning the waiver wire and considering a few more draft prospects than previously expected.

 


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