Thee has been a mysterious lack of information about free-agent interest in defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. A source indicates, though, that there is a market developing for the New York Giants’ 2013 second-round draft pick.
I’m told that the NFC East-rival Philadelphia Eagles have been showing Hankins “lots of love” in the event they lose their own free-agent defensive tackle, Bennie Logan. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns are also said to have interest. You can also add the Oakland Raiders to the list.
Hankins, a run-stuffing 6-foot-3, 320-pound player who will only be 25 next season, should draw a handsome paycheck in what has thus far been a free-spending free-agent market.
The Giants have limited cap space, under $10 million per estimates without the Rhett Ellison contract even being included, so they will have difficulty competing with rich long-term offers for Hankins.
If Hankins leaves, potential replacements on the roster include Jay Bromley and Robert Thomas.