With defensive tackle Nick Fairley choosing the Saints instead of the Patriots, Bill Belichick is looking to cook up another recipe for a deal at the position.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 28, 2016
The Patriots invited defensive line behemoth Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton to Foxboro Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-3-inch, 356 pound tackle hails from Hartford, Conn. He spent his college days at Temple and has now totaled six seasons in the NFL. Knighton was originally drafted by the Jaguars where he spent his first four seasons. He then moved on to the Broncos roster for two seasons, and most recently the Redskins for one season. During his career he has been durable, appearing in ninety two out of ninety six possible games. Despite the fact that Knighton has only missed four games in his entire career, he has already been on three teams. He expressed himself in a recent Sirius XM Radio interview, “I’m not really understanding why a guy like me, and what I bring to a team and what I bring to the field, is bouncing around like this. But it’ll catch up with itself”.
While he is not one of the most dynamic defensive tackles in the league, Pot Roast does a fine job of filling holes in the run game. His finest work in the league was in 2009, a season he totaled thirty four tackles. However, Knighton has failed to post more than twenty tackles in his last two seasons.
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Looking into his recent contract earnings, Knighton made a base salary of $1 million with Denver in 2013 ($2 million with incentives). In 2014, Elway paid him a base salary of $1.5 million ($2.5 million with incentives). Knighton was signed by the Washington Redskins in 2015 for a base salary of $950,000. He received a huge signing bonus double his base salary reaching $2 million. By seasons end he had generated $3,985,315 totaling all incentives.
If Knighton would provide one thing for Belichick and the Patriots, it’d be a sense of consistency. A player who manages to stay healthy is a valuable asset to any franchise. He’s closing toward age 30 and is coming off two of his weakest statistical seasons. Despite his recent stats, Knighton is still a massive human being that is difficult for any offensive line to double team. According to Justin Ruoff of Today’s Pigskin, Knighton will likely come at a low cost to whichever team he chooses to sign with. For a general manager with an appetite for interior defensive line depth, Pot Roast might be the most appealing item on the free agency menu. The Patriots ability to contend for a Super Bowl might be a huge factor that sways Pot Roast toward a contract in New England.