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Patriots Sign DT Terrance Knighton

The Patriots needed to beef up their defensive tackle depth after losing Akiem Hicks in free agency, and they did that tonight when Terrance Knighton agreed to join New England on a one-year deal.

The Patriots have been very active in free agency, choosing the route of bargain bin shopping instead of big splurges in the first week. Tonight they landed maybe their biggest free agent of the offseason, literally and figuratively, with the signing of defensive tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton. Knighton has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal for $4.5 million dollars. He fills a hole left by the departures of Akiem Hicks and Sealver Siliga.

Here are Knighton's tweets from earlier tonight:

Knighton, 29, joins his fourth team as he enters his eighth season after being selected in the 3rd Round in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars and spent four seasons with them before signing with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. He started 32 of 32 games as a Bronco but wasn't resigned during the 2014 offseason. He signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins in 2015 and started 15 of 15 games, proving again to be a consistent inside run stopper. Knighton has started 96 of 108 career games, compiling 159 solo tackles, 86 assisted tackles, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and 10 passes defended. 

In 2013, Knighton was maybe the best player on the Broncos defense in the playoffs, making 10 tackles, two assisted tackles, and one sack in three games. He absolutely destroyed the Patriots in the AFC Championship, so I'm sure Bill Belichick is happy to have the big, talented defensive tackle on his side now. 

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