The Oakland Raiders are willing to pay for the players that contribute on a consistent basis.
Sunday night, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders had signed defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a two-year contract. The move was not official until after the new league year began on Wednesday 13, but Hankins officially signed his new deal on Thursday afternoon. He will be back with the Silver and Black for another two seasons.
He was originally slated to be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the league year. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the deal is two years for $8.5 million dollars and includes $5.4 million guaranteed. Hankins will earn an average salary of $4.25 million. In addition, the defensive tackle has a 2019 roster bonus of $1 million, a 2020 roster bonus of $1.175 million, and an annual $150k workout bonus.
This move capped off a weekend in which Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock traded for wide receiver Antonio Brown, only giving up a third and fifth-round pick. Additionally, the Raiders also sent high-priced left guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick and signed safety Erik Harris to a two-year contract of his own.
Hankins was a second-round draft pick out of Ohio State during the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the New York Giants before moving on to Indianapolis prior to the 2017 season. The Michigan native was a first-team All-American in 2012. As a high school recruit, he was rated a 95 by 247Sports. He was considered the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle and the No. 57 player overall. He chose the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan State, and Florida.
During his tenure with the New York Giants, Hankins compiled 140 combined tackles, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He was a solid contributor in New York, but the Giants did not retain his services. He instead headed over the Indianapolis Colts to join Chuck Pagano’s team. Hankins only spent one season in Indy, starting all 15 games in which he played and compiling 44 combined tackles and two sacks.
However, the Colts fired Pagano following the season and brought in Frank Reich to overhaul the team. Hankins’ tenure with the team ended only one year into his three-year, $27 million contract, and he was left looking for a new home. Needing reliable veterans for his new team, Gruden was more than happy to bring Hankins to town and signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.
While the former Indianapolis Colts defender didn’t have the most productive season around with the Raiders, he still served as a solid contributor. Hankins started 14 of the 16 games that he played and earned a grade of 66.5 from Pro Football Focus. His 18 run stops in 2018 were far more crucial to this team than his ability as a pass rusher. Mayock and Gruden have been working to bring him back all offseason due to the importance of interior linemen, and this contract fulfills that goal.
While ensuring that Hankins is back in the fold next to promising youngsters in Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall, and Arden Key, this does not mean that the Raiders are done adding linemen. Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen, or any number of intriguing options will be candidates in the NFL Draft. Keeping Hankins on the team just guarantees that capable bodies will be on the roster for next season and provides the young players with another leader.