Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins visited the Jets on Thursday, reports Dan Graziano of ESPN.
Hankins, who was cut by the Colts earlier this offseason, has also visited the Redskins.
After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, Hankins agreed to a four-your deal with the Colts worth $30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.
Hankins had 44 tackles and 2.0 sacks in 15 games with the Colts last season. He has played in 67 games during his five-year career.
The Jets currently have DTs Steve McLendon, Mike Pennel, and Deon Simon on the roster.
The Jets were obviously looking for an upgrade at defensive tackle when they made their brief -- and ill-advised -- pursuit of Ndamukong Suh. Thankfully, they pulled the plug on that before it happened.
Johnathan Hankins could turn out to be a much better fit.
First of all, the former Giants second-round pick is much younger -- only 26 -- which makes him a much better fit for what the Jets are trying to do. Secondly, he'll almost certainly come cheaper. Suh got a one-year, $14 million contract. The 6-2, 325-pound Hankins might end up getting half that.
And he'd be worth it. The Giants liked him even though he never quite lived up to the potential he flashed with seven sacks in 2014, his second season in the league -- the primary reason they didn't bring him back was financial. Hankins was determined to hit it big in free agency. And though he didn't land a mega-deal, his patience last offseason eventually landed him far more than most people thought he'd receive.
He only had two sacks and 44 tackles and the rebuilding Colts decided he wasn't worth the money anymore. But he could be worth a lesser cost to the Jets, who are looking for young players to build around as they try to chart a better future. Steve McLendon, their starting defensive tackle, is 32. Hankins could come in and try to prove to the Jets -- or someone else -- that he's worth a bigger investment next year.