Indianapolis Colts Release Former Ohio State Defensive Tackle Johnathan Hankins

By Dan Hope on March 17, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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Johnathan Hankins is back on the NFL free agent market. 

The former Ohio State defensive tackle was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, one year after signing a three-year contract worth up to $30 million with the team.

Hankins started 15 games for the Colts in his lone season with the team, recording 44 total tackles, including four tackles for loss and two sacks. He also added five quarterback hits and three passes defensed.

The Colts, however, are switching from the 3-4 defense they ran last year to a 4-3 defense this year, and apparently decided that Hankins was not a fit for their new defensive scheme – or at least not at the price they were paying him.

According to Spotrac, Hankins was set to make $8,468,750 in 2018, with $4.5 million of that salary becoming guaranteed if he was still on the roster on Sunday.

A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Hankins spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants before joining the Colts last spring. Now, Hankins could become one of the top interior defensive linemen on the market for NFL teams still looking to add a starting-caliber player at that position.

According to reports by ESPN's John Keim and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Hankins is already scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

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