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Report: Raiders sign DT Johnathan Hankins to 2-year deal

The Raiders made their fourth transaction in three days Sunday afternoon, signing veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a two-year deal, according to ESPN.
Hankins was set to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday when the new league year starts. The 26-year-old played the second-most defensive snaps among Raiders defensive linemen in 2018 after joining the team before its Week 2 game against the Broncos, and finished the year with two of the Raiders’ three fumble recoveries, four tackles for loss and 36 total tackles.
Hankins, Mo Hurst and P.J. Hall are the three defensive tackles locked into returning with the Raiders in 2019, Hurst and Hall both entering their second seasons. Veteran defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.
There’s a possibility Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock beef up the interior defensive line even more with the No. 4 pick in the draft if Alabama’s Quinnen Williams is available. Last season the Raiders finished 30th in the league with 140.6 rushing yards allowed per game. They also only got only six sacks from defensive tackles in 2018, four from Hurst and two from McDonald.
Hankins’ signing comes after the Raiders signed safety Erik Harris to a two-year deal on Thursday night, agreed to acquire wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Steelers on Saturday and traded left guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets earlier Sunday. The trades involving Brown and Osemele won’t become official until Wednesday.
 
 

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