Following the first week of last season, the Raiders signed free agent Johnathan Hankins and made him the starter the rest of the season. He was on a one-year non-guaranteed contract and with Justin Ellis on IR most of the season, he was the best interior defensive lineman they had.
As of yet, the team has not re-signed him and should they have no interest in doing so, the Broncos will gladly scoop him up according Benjamin Albright citing a source.
Source: #Broncos to pursue NT Johnathan Hankins in free agency.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 22, 2019
The 26-year-old Hankins has started nearly every game in which he’s appeared over the past five seasons with the Giants, Colts, and Raiders; missing just one game in the past three seasons.
The Broncos will be looking to replace 34-year-old Domata Peko in the middle of their line. Hankins could see this as a better opportunity for him than in Oakland where he would be in a rotation with Justin Ellis. At least it could lead to Hankins waiting to see what the free agent market has to offer before making a decision on where he wants to play in 2019.