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Terrance Knighton | Defensive Lineman | #96

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 354
College: Temple
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 3 (72) / JAC
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The Houston Chronicle reports new Patriots NT Terrance Knighton will be subject to four $75,000 weigh-ins in 2016.
Knighton's weight is a notorious issue, so the Pats have tied $300,000 in incentives to it. Knighton's deal has a modest base of $2.05 million, but another $2.5 million is available through various incentives. A motivated and fit Knighton would be a major asset in the middle of the Patriots' defensive line. Apr 7 - 4:27 PM

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Newly-signed Patriots NT Terrance Knighton has weight-based incentives in his contract.

Knighton says he has already lost weight this offseason, and he will keep it off if that is what his new coaching staff wants. "I'm in a lot better shape than I was last year. Contractually, I'll have weights that I need to hit," Knighton said. "Whatever the coaches want me to play at, that's what I'll be." With Knighton joining Dominique Easley, Malcom Brown and Alan Branch, the Patriots should have one of the better interior line rotations in football.
Apr 7 - 11:04 AM

Patriots signed NT Terrance Knighton, formerly of the Redskins, to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Concerned about Knighton's ever-troublesome conditioning, the Redskins were also only offering one year, but apparently less money. Although he's coming off a down season, Knighton provides a massive body for an interior line where the Patriots (effectively) mixed and matched post-Vince Wilfork in 2015. Going on 30, Knighton was highly effective in 2014, and can still be a disruptive force in the middle of a defense. He's reportedly in much better shape than he was last year, shedding 30-40 pounds.
Mar 31 - 6:06 PM

The Washington Times reports free agent NT Terrance Knighton is "leaning toward" signing with the Patriots.

Knighton is believed to be fielding offers from both New England and Washington. The Redskins have never seemed that interested in re-signing Pot Roast, so it's no surprise they'll lose the bidding war. Knighton battled migraines last season and wasn't able to work out as much as he'd have liked. He's allegedly dropped 30-40 pounds since the season and is in much better shape.
Mar 30 - 2:56 PM

Free agent NT Terrance Knighton will visit the Redskins on Wednesday.

Knighton evidently left his Patriots visit without a contract. Pot Roast, who played for the Redskins last season, is the best free agent lineman remaining by a significant margin. The famously rotund tackle has reportedly lost 30 pounds this offseason. Visiting the team he played for in 2015 is probably about the Redskins gauging his shape.
Mar 29 - 4:21 PM

Free agent NT Terrance Knighton is visiting the Patriots on Monday.

This is Knighton's first reported visit. The Patriots were reportedly in on Nick Fairley, but he ended up signing with the Saints. Knighton does not get to the quarterback like Fairley, but he offers a big, run-stuffing body on the interior of the defensive line. Knighton was stout against the run in limited snaps with the Redskins last season.
Mar 28 - 9:57 AM

Free agent NT Terrance Knighton hasn't heard from the Redskins since the end of the season.

"I haven’t got any hint that maybe they want me back or anything," Knighton said. "I haven’t heard anything. I understand it’s a business. [But] I’m not really understanding the whole [reason why] a guy like myself and what I bring to a team, and what I bring to the field, [is] bouncing around like this. But it will catch up with itself." Knighton received solid marks for his run defense in his lone season with the Redskins, but the team seems to be aiming higher at the nose.
Mar 2 - 10:43 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim indicates free agent NT Terrance Knighton may not return to Washington.

Keim says Knighton is unlikely to return unless "the Redskins can’t find another nose tackle and he loses weight. Even then it might not happen." Per ESPN Stats, the Redskins yielded 4.23 yards per carry with Knighton in the game last year. That number is far too high. On the free agent market, Ian Williams (49ers) and Damon Harrison (Jets) would both be upgrades on Knighton.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 15 - 3:59 PM

Impending free agent NT Terrance Knighton wants to re-sign with the Redskins.

Knighton started 16-of-17 games for the Redskins this season and received plus marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. This was despite Knighton battling migraines all season long in his first year in D.C. A behemoth at 6'3/354, Knighton will turn 30 this summer. Knighton's best friend and childhood buddy, DL Chris Baker, gives the Redskins an edge in negotiations.
Jan 15 - 10:15 AM

Redskins NT Terrance Knighton (migraine) expects to return Sunday.

Knighton missed Week 9 due to migraine issues. He practiced fully Wednesday, but remains day to day. Washington allowed LeGarrette Blount to run for 129 yards (4.4 YPC) and a touchdown with Knighton sidelined last week.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 06:11:00 PM

Redskins NT Terrance Knighton (migraine) has been ruled out for Week 9.

Knighton missed practice Monday, but wasn’t listed on the injury report. He reportedly has a history of migraine issues. Kedric Golston should replace Knighton on early downs.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:24:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 07:12:00 PM

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.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 02:05:00 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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 03:09:00 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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 07:55:00 AM

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