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Former Ohio State Star Jonathan Hankins Cut By His NFL Team

Brutus Buckeye running on the field with the Ohio State cheerleaders

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03: Brutus the Buckeye and the Ohio State Buckeyes cheerleaders run onto the field during the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

A former Ohio State football star has been released by his NFL team.

Jonathan Hankins, a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, is now searching for a new franchise to play for. He's been released.

The Indianapolis Colts announced the move this afternoon.

Here's the announcement:

The team announced today that it is releasing veteran defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins.

Hankins, who turns 26 on March 29, was signed by the Colts last April as an unrestricted free agent. In 15 games — all starts — for the Colts in the 2017 season, Hankins finished tied for fifth on the team with 44 tackles (four for a loss), while also adding two sacks, five quarterback hits and three passes defensed.

But at the conclusion of the 2017 season, the team announced it was parting ways with head coach Chuck Pagano, who brought a 3-4 base defense with him when he was hired back in 2012. Then, a few weeks back, upon hiring his next head coach, Frank Reich, Ballard said the team would be making the transition back to a 4-3 base defense under new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.

The defensive lineman played for the Giants from 2013-16. He played for the Colts this past season.

Hankins played for Ohio State from 2010-12. He was a first-team All-Big Ten performer his junior season.