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Colts reach deal with defensive lineman Hankins

New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo by the Associated Press)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Cleveland. (Photo by the Associated Press)
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Free agent signed to boost pass rush, run defense.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 06:52 pm

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to contract terms with free-agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.

Several media outlets reported a three-year, $30 million deal.

“Johnathan is a young, productive and disruptive defensive lineman,” said Colts General Manager Chris Ballard in a released statement. “He possesses a wealth of experience and brings leadership to our team.”

The 6-foot-2, 320-pound Hankins spent the last four seasons with the New York Giants. He's the biggest name the Colts have signed this offseason.

Last year, Hankins had 43 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles for loss while forcing one fumble. He has started 41 of 52 career games and has 140 career tackles and 10 sacks in the NFL.

Ballard has spent most of his time trying to fix a defense that hasn't finished in the top half of the NFL rankings during any of coach Chuck Pagano's five seasons.

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