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Raiders Trade Disappointing Defender Away to Cowboys

Jason Schandl
Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has been traded to the Dallas Cowboys.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has been traded to the Dallas Cowboys. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Las Vegas Raiders' defense has been a weak point so far this season, and that has come with some disappointing performances across the board. A poor showing in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans has even cost one Raiders defender his job.

Vegas traded defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

Raiders-Cowboys Trade

A 10-year pro with 117 career starts under his belt, Hankins just hasn't looked right lately. He received a terrible overall grade of 46.9 from ProFootballFocus in 2021, when he matched his career-low marks with 2 QB hits and 1 TFL. His 15 solo tackles were also his fewest since his 2013 rookie season.

That decline has continued in 2022, with Hankins managing a 51.8 grade while failing to record a single TFL and tallying just 1 solo tackle across five games.

It remains to be seen what kind of draft picks the Raiders got in return, but they're most likely late-rounders. Vegas takes on a bit of dead money against the salary cap in the trade, but that will be off the books soon as Hankins is in the final year of his contract.

This was a small move, but a smart one for the Raiders as they look to overcome the odds as a +280 underdog to make the playoffs according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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