Patriots Sign Terrance Knighton

APRIL 4th, 4:58pm: The Pats formally announced the Knighton deal, as Ben Volin of The Boston Globe tweets.

MARCH 31st, 5:54pm: It’s a one-year, $4.5MM deal, according to Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter).

5:04pm: Pot Roast has reached his verdict. Terrance Knighton has been deciding between offers from Washington and the Patriots this week and he has decided to join New England, according to Dianna Marie Russini of (on Twitter).

Knighton, who started his career in Jacksonville, spent two seasons in Denver before heading to Washington for the 2015 campaign. The 29-year-old has been very durable in his first seven NFL seasons, appearing in 108 total regular-season games, including 96 starts.

A nose tackle, in Washington’s 3-4 scheme, Pot Roast logged 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2015. Although he didn’t have quite the same impact last year that he did during his final season as a Bronco, Knighton ranked in the top half of Pro Football Focus’ list of qualified interior defenders, placing 58th out of 123 players. Predictably, PFF assigned Knighton a much better grade as a run defender than as a pass rusher.

Last offseason, Pot Roast was expected to net a sizable deal but wound up having to settle for a one-year, $4MM pact from Washington. The six-year veteran was an integral part of a Broncos team that had the league’s second-best run defense in 2014, and Pro Football Focus (subscription required) rated Knighton 12th among 81 qualifying D-tackles. He’ll now try to get back to his 2014 form in New England.

The Patriots don’t run a 3-4 base, so he won’t be playing quite the same role that he did in D.C. Still, New England is in need of big bodies up front, having lost Akiem Hicks and Sealver Siliga in free agency earlier this month.

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5 comments on “Patriots Sign Terrance Knighton

  1. boltergeist19

    Have a feeling this could be a games worth dealio. Tops out in the high 350s and beli-cheat may want him at wolfork weight.

    What I don’t understand is why did they get rid of wolfork. He knew the system and was about the same age and took less and was beloved. Tid for tat. Kills me when teams do this. I can understand if it is salary or just not good anymore but wolfork was good for the Texans last year and could have played for NE last year and this year then left. It is not like they signed pot roast for 2-4 years it was one year. So you don’t know what you are getting; a man who wants paid or someone looking for an extension. Oh well it’s belicheat and he will find a way to spell doom for whomever.

    • James

      They are not the around the same age wilfork was much older

    • Robert

      1. Pot Roast is 29/ Wilfork is pushing 34 year old and 2. Pot Roast is getting paid around 4.5 mil/ Wilfork was on a contract that paid up to 8 mil

  2. Fred

    It’s insane how you guys call him Pot Roast non stop.


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