Many fans were sad to see Terrance Knighton, aka Pot Roast, depart last season via free agency. The Denver Broncos signed him to a two-year deal back in 2013 but when the deal expired, they allowed Knighton to walk.
Much of that had to do with his asking price. Some of it had to do with questions regarding whether Knighton would be a scheme fit in Wade Phillips' attacking, one-gap 3-4 defense, although much of that is overblown.
"My heart was in Denver. I wanted to stay there," Knighton recently said via NFL Network. "You try not to take it personal. It's a business at the end of the day. But you get attached to teams, the town that you're in, the city that you're in, the fans."
Sylvester Williams does fit Phillips' system, however, and started the entire 2015 season at nose tackle and had the best year of his young career. Heading into a contract year, he'll be looking to exceed last season's production.
The Broncos lost a big piece of their defensive line when Malik Jackson signed his ridiculous $90 million contract with Jacksonville. Knighton, who's more of a 3-tech defensive tackle more fitting of a 4-3 team, could fit somewhere on Denver's D-line. And he wouldn't mind returning to the Mile High City.
"Of course," Knighton said. "They're winners. I'd be more than welcome to reunite with John Elway and the Denver Broncos."
Absolutely. Although he's more of a run-stuffer, Knighton is highly athletic for his 331-pound frame. Remember his performance vs. New England in the 2014 AFC Championship that propelled the Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII?
He has the athleticism to play in one-gap system, like Wade Phillips'. He is, after all, a former high school All-State wide receiver. The Broncos did just sign former Cleveland Browns first round pick Phil Taylor, a 335-pound behemoth.
Knighton is much more athletically inclined than Taylor. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips likes "smaller", more athletic nose tackles for his system, and although he might not qualify as "small", Pot Roast does have athleticism.
If the money is right, the Broncos could really benefit from having a veteran like Terrance Knighton back in the locker room. His teammates loved him and so did the fans.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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