Terrance Knighton Signs $4 Million, One Year Contract With Washington


Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (98) reacts to a play during the first quarter of the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After claiming the Oakland Raiders gave him a lowball offer, former Denver Broncos defensive tackle and Jack Del Rio disciple Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton found out that the market was not kind to him when he finally put pen to paper on Thursday evening.

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Pot Roast could only land a one year contract for all of his troubles, signing for $4 million with Washington where he will be moving to a team that is less of a contender than Denver and where he will not be making a reunion with Del Rio in what will be a new beginning for the large interior lineman.

Rumors that Knighton is out of shape may have cooled the market on the talented defensive tackle, who told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he will be signing with Washington after being very vocal in his disappointment with both the Broncos as well as the Raiders in their offers being below what he felt his value was.

Knighton is a talented player, but his inability to play on every down certainly hurt his market value, particularly with Oakland who went with Dan Williams over Knighton at the defensive tackle position to get a more versatile player who has more athletic ability than an overweight Pot Roast.

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It will be interesting to see where Knighton’s market value is at come the 2016 offseason, but with the precedent set at $4 million with his new deal in Washington it is hard to see him increasing his value even if he is successful in the nation’s capital. Lack of versatility and concerns over his constantly increasing weight appear to be a real concern surrounding Knighton, one that kept him out of Oakland in the end as the team was unwilling to pay a two down or one down player the price that he was expecting.

Washington took a chance on a “prove it” deal for Knighton and we will now see if the Raiders were right or wrong in not locking in the defensive tackle. For a one year deal it may be worth it for Washington, but with the value now coming out on Knighton it appears the Raiders did not lowball the defensive tackle but rather stuck to their price with him. That may have lost them a player from their division rivals, but now that Knighton is in Washington the accusations that the Raiders lowballed Pot Roast can be put to bed with the market on the player being discovered as an extremely cool one at best.