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Colts Release DT Johnathan Hankins After One Season

The Colts have released defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

In this instance, the move seems dictated more by Hankins not being a fit for the Colts’ new defensive scheme as the team has decided to scrap the Tampa-2 defensive. Originally a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2013 by the New York Giants, Hankins signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Colts last April and had a solid first season in Indy.

The overall run defense was still poor, however, and the Colts have opted to make wholesale changes under new head coach Frank Reich. The Colts have one of the best cap situations in the league but save $8.5 million from his release.

Hankins, who turns 26 later this month, will have no problem finding a new team as he immediately becomes the best interior lineman not named Ndamukong Suh on the open market. The Seahawks and the Titans are possible landing spots.


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