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Terrance Knighton | Defensive Lineman

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 354
College: Temple
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Redskins signed NT Terrance Knighton, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year, $4 million contract.
The report that teams were wary of Knighton because he is "out of shape" appears to be true, as Knighton settles for a one-year deal in an effort to rehab his value. It was extremely telling when even new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who has always been by Knighton's side, picked Dan Williams over him. Knighton will presumably man the nose tackle spot for the Redskins, replacing Barry Cofield. Mar 12 - 7:12 PM

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An anonymous head coach tells NBC Washington that "teams are afraid to sign" free agent DT Terrance Knighton because he's out of shape.

Knighton is meeting with the Redskins on Thursday, but has already been passed on by former coaches in Oakland and Chicago. He was expected to be a hot commodity as a run stuffer, and was at one point outrageously seeking $8 million per year. It's not exactly surprising that someone nicknamed "Pot Roast" is out of shape, but Knighton could cost himself all sorts of money by not hitting the open market in the shape he's expected to be in.
Mar 12 - 2:05 PM

The Denver Post reports the Ravens, Seahawks, and Patriots are interested in free agent DT Terrance Knighton.

They join the Redskins, whom Knighton is visiting on Wednesday. Knighton is looking for big-time money, which he might be able to get from the Redskins, but he surely wouldn't get it from the other three clubs. He may come as a bargain.
Mar 11 - 3:09 PM

Free agent NT Terrance Knighton will visit the Redskins today.

Knighton is a two-down run stuffer, so the $8 million per year he's sought to this point is a bit outrageous. Dan Snyder's checkbook is always open, however, and the Redskins need a nose tackle, even after adding DT/DE Stephen Paea.
Mar 11 - 7:55 AM

Free agent NT Terrance Knighton has been seeking $8 million a year.

No wonder teams keep "dropping out of the race" for Pot Roast's services. The Raiders made an aggressive offer of $6 million per year, but Knighton has a higher opinion of himself. If Knighton doesn't drop it, he may wind up missing the boat on the big-money period in free agency. Per the San Francisco Chronicle, the Raiders are now turning their attention to Dan Williams.
Mar 11 - 7:33 AM

The Packers have had "discussions" with free agent NT Terrance Knighton.

Savvy GM Ted Thompson appears to be touching base with Knighton in case his price tag plummets and he wants to sign with a Super Bowl contender. The two clubs favored to land Knighton -- Oakland and Denver -- have reportedly both been eliminated from the running. The Packers need nose tackle help. Knighton would be an upgrade on Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji.
Mar 10 - 8:00 PM

The Raiders are not pursuing free agent DT Terrance Knighton.

Knighton says both Oakland and Denver are "out of the race" for his services. He says he was low-balled by Oakland. Knighton appears frustrated and surprised by his slow-developing market. Perhaps Oakland or Denver will eventually swoop in and buy low. Knighton has also been connected to the Redskins, Colts and Bears.
Mar 10 - 5:24 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Raiders, Redskins, Colts, and Bears are showing "serious interest" in free agent DT Terrance Knighton.

The Raiders badly need to land Knighton to save some face after apparently already losing out on top-flight free agents Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb, and Julius Thomas. Knighton isn't on Suh's level, but he's the next best defensive tackle available and has a long history with new Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
Mar 8 - 2:12 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson predicts free agent DT Terrance Knighton will end up in Oakland.

That's "unless he signs early with Denver." The Denver Post reported 11 days ago that Oakland would be in the mix for "Pot Roast." The dots certainly connect, as Knighton would reunite with ex-Broncos DC Jack Del Rio. The Raiders have money to burn, and are in need of talent at every level of the defense.
Feb 26 - 7:22 PM

Free agent DT Terrance Knighton says he is frustrated with his lack of communication with the Broncos.

It's possible the Broncos simply don't see Knighton as a scheme fit after hiring DC Wade Phillips, who utilizes his interior defensive linemen much differently than outgoing DC Jack Del Rio. Knighton said he wants to stay in Denver. He should be excited to hit the market, where he is sure to get paid handsomely.
Feb 18 - 8:57 PM

According to the Denver Post, the Raiders "are expected to pursue" free agent NT Terrance Knighton.

The Post floats five years and $30 million as a potential price tag for Knighton, who is one of the NFL's premier run stuffers. Knighton will be 29 before the 2015 season, however, and consistency has been an issue throughout his career. He is tight with Jack Del Rio, who is the Raiders' new head coach. Knighton is not a fit for new Broncos' DC Wade Phillips' one-gap scheme.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 15 - 3:04 PM

Impending free agent DT Terrance Knighton said the Broncos haven't indicated to him that he'll be back with the team in 2015.

Coming off another strong season that saw him grade out as a top-nine interior run-stuffer, Knighton will be looking to cash in as a soon-to-be 29-year-old. He's always had success under Jack Del Rio and could potentially follow him to Oakland if he's to get the Raiders' head-coaching job. The Broncos have to lock up fellow free agents Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas before Knighton.
Jan 14 - 2:24 PM

Terrance Knighton said he will not let his contract situation become a distraction.

Knighton rightfully believes he's outperformed the two year, $4.5 million deal he signed with Denver in March of 2013. But the Broncos have no room to extend him now, and he should be setting his sights on 2015 free agency anyway. He just watched defensive tackles like Paul Soliai, Earl Mitchell and Linval Joseph get paid in a big way. If Knighton sustains last year's level of play, he'll be getting at least $10 million guaranteed in 2015.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Mile High Sports reports Broncos DT Terrance Knighton feels he's outperformed his current contract and wants a new deal.

Knighton inked a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Broncos last offseason after a couple down seasons in Jacksonville. Reuniting with DC Jack Del Rio was what "Pot Roast" needed, and he graded out as a top-ten defensive tackle at Pro Football Focus in 2013. Knighton is 27 years old and is in the prime of his career. Denver could look to extend him. If not, Knighton could choose to skip some offseason practice sessions to make his voice heard.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Broncos NT Terrance Knighton recorded four tackles, two for a loss, and a 10-yard sack in Denver's AFC Championship game win over New England.

Knighton's critical sack came against Patriots All-World LG Logan Mankins on a critical play in the game. The stats still don't show Knighton's full impact on the AFCCG, as he almost singlehandedly controlled the line of scrimmage and was the best defender on either side. Knighton, 27, finished the regular season as a top-ten defensive tackle in Pro Football Focus' ratings. He was an offseason free-agent steal on a two-year, $4.5 million contract.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 01:46:00 PM

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