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NFL free agent Johnathan Hankins to join Packers or re-sign with Giants?

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NFL defensive tackle (DT) Johnathan Hankins is considered as one of the best defensive linesmen on the free agent market. According to reports, there are presently four teams who are interested in the 24-year-old. This includes the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.

The New York Giants is currently the favorite to land Johnathan Hankins. As of present, the Giants have the largest offer placed on the table to sign the 6-ft-2 DT. However, patience in the New York camp is running thin with Hankins reportedly delaying the proceedings, according to USA Today.

Giants confident of landing Hankins

Optimism is high in the Giants’ camp that Hankins will eventually give up the pursuit of a large, long-term contract and return to East Rutherford. Jordan Ranaan of ESPN recently tweeted that the New York franchise is confident of landing the man from Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

Although the exact offer placed by the Giants for Hankins is unclear, it is certain that the amount is nowhere close to the $10+ million the 24-year-old is demanding annually. Reports are also suggesting that no other teams have come close to what the Giants are offering. Hence, Hankins has limited options on the table ahead of him.

Jerry Reese, the Giants general manager, had stressed his team’s desire to re-sign several of the defensive starters. This included the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Keenan Robinson. With both the deals done, the only one left to sign is Hankins.

Packers could see Hankins as Letroy Guion replacement

The Green Bay Packers will be without their starting nose tackle Letroy Guion for the initial four games of the new season. The 29-year-old is suspended for violation of NFL’s policy on substance abuse. Hence, the franchise could be looking at Johnathan Hankins as his perfect replacement.

“The Packers don’t throw their weight around in free agency often, but that defense has been at its best with a solid plug in the middle. The Packers would probably be inclined to offer the least money of the three coming off an NFC Championship appearance, but maybe Hankins can supplement his income with a State Farm commercial or three,” Ryan Wooden of All 22 wrote.

However, the only problem in this deal is Hankins’ demand of $10 million annually. The Packers won’t entertain such amount as payment. Unless the 24-year-old decides to reduce his demand, the franchise will probably go with either Kenny Clark or Ringo to man the nose tackle position for the first month of the new season.

Johnathan Hankins tore his pectoral muscle midway through the 2015 season, and he returned in 2016 and posted 43 tackles and three sacks with the New York Giants.

Photo courtesy: Tom Hanny/Flickr

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