Tom Coughlin should be very familiar with Johnathan Hankins. The former head coach of the New York Giants drafted the defensive tackle in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Right now, the defensive tackle is a player without a team and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Coughlin’s new team is in need of depth at defensive tackle. Could the executive vice president for the Jaguars reach out to the former Ohio State star?
The Giants, Hankins old team, still has interest along with several other teams. A report Tuesday on bigblueview.com claimed the team is growing impatient with him. An offer is on the table, but no decision has been made to return to the Big Apple or not. The clock is ticking. New York would like to know if Hankins will be in the fold. Especially before the team moves to the NFL Draft.
“The Giants were reportedly working hard on a deal before free agency opened and Hankins went to test the open market…Reports have come out since that Hankins’ representation has set his price at four years, and an average salary of $10 million per year, which has proven to be too rich for the entire league,” Chris Pflum writes.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released both Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks, opening the door for more additions to the defensive line. The Jags added to their pass rush two weeks ago by signing Calais Campbell. The team has also added Stefan Charles to the roster. There could still be movement in the NFL Draft where the Jaguars draft a defensive tackle at No. 4, but that might also be a stretch.
Money isn’t an object. Jacksonville still has plenty of cap space to spend and bring in another veteran to rotate in the middle. As of now, Malik Jackson and Abry Jones figure to be the starters in the middle. Calais Campbell and Sheldon Day will also see time in the rotation. There is still plenty of room to add another body.
The Jaguars might also want to look Hankins’ way after missing out on Dontari Poe, who signed with Atlanta.[Sean2]
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Dontari Poe, who signed a one-year $9 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, turned down a higher offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars due to his connection with Dan Quinn while visiting the team.
There is also word that the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders were among those interested in Hankins. Incidentally, this was a week ago, but things seem to have calmed down because of the asking price.
If the Giants continue to grow impatient they may move on from Hankins. The Jacksonville Jaguars should be one of the teams which should attempt to bring him on board.