Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton signed a two-year contract with the Broncos last offseason, which puts him another year away from free agency. However, after starting every game for the team in 2013, Knighton and his reps believe he has outperformed his deal, and they’ll be seeking a new agreement this offseason, a source tells Brandon Krisztal of the Denver Post (Twitter link).
Knighton, 27, earned a base salary of $1MM in 2013, to go along with $1MM in bonuses. For 2014, he’s on the Broncos’ books for a base salary of $1.5MM, with a $1MM roster bonus still to come. Presumably, if he were to negotiate a new deal this offseason, Knight would be seeking a sizable bump in annual salary, along with multiple additional years tacked on beyond ’14.
The Broncos have a little wiggle room under the cap for now, but have many key contributors facing free agency now, including Knowshon Moreno, Eric Decker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Zane Beadles. Giving Knighton a raise could compromise the club’s ability to bring back some of those free agents, so we’ll have to wait and see if Denver can reach a compromise with its starting defensive tackle. Knighton was a major piece of the Broncos’ defensive line in 2013, recording 43 tackles to go along with three sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery.