New York Giants Rumors: According to sources there is a good chance Johnathan Hankins returns to the Giants.
Hankins was hoping to strike it big in free agency. He was hoping to land a contract that paid him upwards of $10 million per season. It wasn’t an absurd thing to ask for. Free agent contracts have been increasing every year and there were plenty of teams with money to spend.
But, Hankins has seemingly overshot his market. Only one defensive tackle, Brandon Williams, secured a contract that will pay at leat $10 million annually. Dontari Poe and Benny Logan each landed $8 million deals, but on one-year pacts. No other multi-year deal paid more than $7 million annually.
With sights set on still landing a lucrative long-term deal, Hankins remains on the free agent market. But, his market has been ice cold. He has not been linked to any other team than the Miami Dolphins, who have touched base with him multiple times.
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Last week, the odds of Hankins returning to the Giants was set at 50/50. The longer he was on the market, the higher the likelihood that he would return to New York. With his non-existent market, the New York Post says that there is a good shot that Hankins now returns to the Giants.
Hankins will not all of a sudden have offers flood in. Teams are using up their money, so landing a $10 million deal is highly unlikely at this time. It would make sense for Hankins to return to the Giants, something the Post says the team wants and Hankins wants as well.
It will be on the Giants terms that he comes back. They are not going to increase the offer that they have on the table; if they haven’t felt a need to do it already, why do it now when Hankins market is essentially silent?
The Giants want an answer from Hankins soon. They cannot afford to wait around for him to try and find a better deal. The market at defensive tackle is slim. On the off chance that he does land a deal with another team, the Giants want to make sure there is an alternative option they can sign in free agency.
Expect this situation to have a resolution soon. The Giants will not wait forever for Hankins, and if he is going to drag his feet, they will look elsewhere for a defensive tackle.