Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer
Johnathan Hankins is an unrestricted free agent. That gives him some say in his situation. Most players get that once or twice in a career, if they're lucky. At this point, his choices are (a) take one of the offers he doesn't like or (b) wait for one he does. It's march 24 – nearly two months before NFL teams begin their offseason programs. What's the rush? Hankins believes, based on his performance, that he should get a multi-year deal at a certain salary level, and he's right. His problem is that the defensive tackle market isn't supporting his expectations, as guys like Bennie Logan and Dontari Poe have had to settle for one-year deals. But put yourself in his situation. With no real deadline to decide, would you be in a rush to accept the salary and contract terms the lever-pullers in your chosen profession have decided makes sense for you? Or would you stay true to your belief in yourself and your talents, and continue to try to get what you think you're worth? I'm sure there are people reading this who fall into either category, but I personally think it's admirable in some respects for Hankins to put himself in the latter one.