Giants fans who want the Johnathan Hankins free agency saga to finally conclude are not alone.
Jason Pierre-Paul is right with them.
The defensive end took to Twitter on Sunday night and fired off a tweet about the situation, expressing his desire for the defensive tackle to re-sign with the Giants (he also posted the same message on Instagram).
This isn’t the first time Pierre-Paul has referred to Hankins’ free agency on social media. When Pierre-Paul signed a long-term contract with the Giants on March 17, he posted a photo on Instagram celebrating the signing that included the hashtag “its-hanks-turn (sic).” Three weeks later though, Hankins remains unsigned.
Little has apparently changed on the Hankins front. The Giants have an offer on the table, and it is believed to be a multi-year deal at market level. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said the team will not place any deadline on Hankins, but he made it clear the ball is now in Hankins’ court.
The issue appears to be the fact Hankins’ agent, Kevin Poston, started the free agency process by demanding a tremendous amount of money for his client, and has continued to do so despite the fact no such market appears to exist for Hankins.
Hankins, through Poston, was reportedly asking for at least $10 million annually at one point. At this point in free agency, that is a delusional request. The money never gets bigger as the new league year progresses.
Pierre-Paul’s tweet is likely just a positive note in support of a teammate. No one should read it as a message to Hankins to end the affair and sign, nor one telling the Giants to up their offer.
For what it’s worth, if the start of organized team activities (OTAs) is an unofficial goal, the Giants and Hankins have until May 22 before OTAs open. The team’s offseason program opens a week from Tuesday on April 18, and the Giants would likely want to have some sort of resolution by the start of the NFL Draft on April 27.