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Nose tackle Terrance Knighton is expected to sign with the New England Patriots, according to a report, after one season with the Washington Redskins. The 29-year-old lineman recently met with both teams.
Official word from the big man himself came soon after.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is for 1-year at $4.5 million.
Knighton signed a 1-year, $4.45 million contract to join the Redskins last season with $2.95 million guaranteed, according to Sportrac.com. The noted run-stuffer helped solidify the defensive line and locker room. However, he was never in the best of physical shape which led to limited snaps. Washington allowed 4.8 yards per rush.
The Redskins let Knighton test free agency before showing interest in a possible reunion recently. There is no obvious replacement on the roster though Chris Baker and Kedric Golston can handle duties as needed. The draft is loaded with potential nose tackles projected in the first round, including Alabama's Jarran Reed and Baylor's Andrew Billings.
Breaking Burgundy senior columnist Chris Russell wrote about Washington's decision with Knighton before the start of training camp, coming up with the conclusion that the Redskins would be best served moving on.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden recently spoke about the nose tackle situation with reporters at the NFL's owners meetings. Knighton wasn't addressed specifically, but the evolution of the position was.
“There’s a lot of dialogue with that nose guard position nowadays," Gruden said. "The amount of times that you’re in base defense now with all the three receiver sets and everyone throwing the ball, if you look at the numbers, it’s not that often. But you still need to have a big nose guard in there that can stop the run and Kedric [Golston] can do that. He’s proven to do that. He’s a 12- to 15-play game kind of guy. And when you’re in base defense, really you’re looking at about 20 percent of the time nowadays is all you are.
"So Kedric can do that. I think Chris Baker can play nose. He’s proven he can do that. I think Ricky [Jean Francois] can pop down in there and do some nose guard. We don’t really have a true two-gap nose guard like back in the old 3-4 systems. Kedric is the closing thing to it. And he can do it, but I think those other guys can fill in there and play and shoot a gap and play it effectively.”
Based on reports, Knighton may be the first of their own free agents the Redskins wanted to keep but didn't. Washington retained Kirk Cousins, Mason Foster, Will Compton, Logan Paulsen, Chris Thompson, Colt McCoy among others.
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