The Indianapolis Colts announced the release of defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins on Saturday.
Indy signed Hankins to a three-year, $27 million contract last offseason. It will save more than $8.5 million against the cap with no dead money after cutting ties with him, per Spotrac.
The 320-pound Hankins excelled as a nose tackle in the Colts’ 3-4 defense last season, registering 44 combined tackles, two sacks and three passes defended.
With the Colts transitioning to a 4-3 under new head coach Frank Reich and defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, however, Hankins no longer fit their scheme.
The 31-year-old runner joins a platoon that already includes Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner, Tion Green, and Dwayne Washington. Blount is immediately the most accomplished of the bunch.
He’s worked best as a short-yardage hammer as a part of thick depth charts throughout an impressive career. The Lions will likely draft a running back this spring as well, but for now Blount is their top back.
Blount continues to put up big numbers despite hitting an age where many running backs are forced to consider retirement. He led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns in 2016, although that came on a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry.
The only players in franchise history with more service time to the Cowboys are Jason Witten, who is entering his 16th season and Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei, who played 15 seasons for the Cowboys each. Editor’s Picks Cowboys release Scandrick, save $3M in space The Cowboys have released cornerback Orlando Scandrick, following the player’s request to do so.
The biggest beneficiaries to Ladouceur’s return are kicker Dan Bailey, punter Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys Chris Jones and new special-teams coach Keith O’Quinn, Bailey and Jones have Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys lauded Ladouceur’s work for years, while O’Quinn would not want to worry about a new snapper in his first season. The Oakland Raiders made contact with Ladouceur’s agent at the start of free agency, and they already signed away special-teams stalwarts Kyle Wilber and Keith Smith, who will rejoin former Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia in the Bay Area.