Report: Patriots, Redskins angling for Terrance Knighton

The Redskins let "Pot Roast" test free agency and now New England is checking out the nose tackle with Washington possibly still in play.

Updated March 29, 4:45 p.m.

The Terrance Knighton watch ramped up Monday morning because of which teams are reportedly kicking the tires on the massive nose tackle (and Bridgestone spokesman).

The free agent will meet with the New England Patriots Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rappoport, who also added a nugget that the Redskins are indeed interested in having the big man return.

Knighton played for the Redskins on a one-year deal in 2015. Known as a run-stuffer, "Pot Roast" provided the roster with a positive locker room presence and major impediment for opposing offensive lines. However, Washington ranked 26th in rushing yards allowed per game and 31st in yards per play allowed on the ground last season. Combined with weight concerns, Knighton received just a middling grade for his 2015 work, though the defense needed upgrades on all three levels. 

The contract situation left the Redskins with a decision and the immediate choice was to let Knighton test free agency.

However, Washington has yet to replace Knighton in free agency. The draft remains a possibility especially in a year with impressive defensive line depth. 

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The allure of playing for the perennial Super Bowl contenders in New England must be appealing. At the same, Knighton's childhood pal Chris Baker remains in Washington.and there were apparently no hard feelings when he wasn't re-signed.

As for what the future holds, Baker offered a forecast.

UPDATE: Knighton did meet with the Patriots and now is set for a visit with Washington.

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