Free agents Knighton, Young reveal Redskins days are over

Fan-favorites Terrance Knighton and Darrel Young appear on their way out of Washington.

The "Pot Roast" train is moving on. "DY" is also in pursuit of a new home.

The Redskins releasing quarterback Robert Griffin III trumps all local headlines, but Monday was busy day in Ashburn. Three veterans revealed they won't be back, in theory, for 2016: Defensive end Jason Hatcher, fullback Darrel Young and nose tackle Terrance Knighton.

Though effective at times against the run and a fan favorite, Knighton's season ultimately didn't wow many and several factors worked against the big man returning for 2016. We still haven't heard from the team at this point, but it's possible a reunion could happen if neither side finds a better fit for next season.

Young, also an unrestricted free agent, took to Twitter Monday morning to thank teammates, coaches and fans for his time in Washington. Though he quickly made it clear that he wants to play out his career with the Redskins, Young’s tweets acknowledge that he may be on his way out, at the very least.

Young, 28, became well-known for his stellar run blocking, especially after the Redskins' rushing attack took the league by storm in 2012. He was also well capable of the occasional play with the ball. In six seasons, Young compiled seven rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns. In addition to his role on the offense, Young has been a staple of the Redskins’ special teams unit. According to, his 310 special teams snaps last season were unrivaled by any of his teammates.

The Redskins originally signed Young as an undrafted, free agent linebacker out of Villanova in 2009 but was cut from the practice squad not long after. Young came back as a fullback the following season and found his niche, eventually replacing Mike Sellers in the starting lineup.

Young’s impact stretched beyond the field, too. He won the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his community outreach in 2014.

Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @danrothdc.

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