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Free agency rumors: Giants exploring DT options

Is Big Blue preparing for life after Johnathan Hankins?

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Earlier Wednesday, reports suggested the New York Giants might be able to retain defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, one of their top-free agent priorities. New reports say they’re looking at two other defensive tackles, Terrell McClain and Brandon Williams.

McClain, 28, has spent the past three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Williams, also 28, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Baltimore Ravens but isn’t expected to be back with the team. [UPDATE 11:56 a.m. ET: McClain is signing with the Washington Redskins]

The writing could be on the wall as it pertains to Hankins’ time with the Giants. Big Blue had $12.832 million in cap space before signing Brandon Marshall to a two-year, $12 million deal Wednesday, and Hankins may snag more than $10 million per season on the open market.

Reported interest in tight end Martellus Bennett doesn’t help matters, and rumors of their interest in McClain and Williams may be the clearest indication yet that Hankins won’t return next season.