Knighton is retiring from the NFL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The 30-year-old Knighton entered the league in 2009 as a third-round pick of the Jaguars, but it wasn't until he signed with the Broncos in 2013 when his career arguably came to its peak. That season, Knighton accrued 31 tackles, three sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception, not to mention a sack of Patriots QB Tom Brady on a crucial fourth down during the AFC championship game that helped propel the Broncos to the Super Bowl. In total, "Pot Roast" will ultimately end his career with 230 tackles, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions across 108 regular season games. He's now expected to take up a career in coaching.
Knighton was released by the Patriots on Monday, Phil Perry of CSNNE.com reports.
Knighton, who signed a one-year deal with Patriots back in March, had a tough time finding reps this preseason, as he failed to take the field against the Panthers on Friday. The veteran defensive tackle did play with the first-team at points during training camp, but he's since found himself on the outside looking in behind the likes of Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, and Markus Kuhn. Knighton could attract offers from other teams who are looking to shore up their defensive line before the season begins.
The Patriots and Knighton agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Although New England and his previous employer, Washington, were in the mix for his services, Knighton settled on the former, with whom he should settle into a starting role next to Malcom Brown. Contained to 35 percent of the defensive snaps last season, Knighton matched his career low with 29 tackles in 15 games. A similar usage can be expected in the upcoming campaign, but could increase if he avoids weight and endurance concerns, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Knighton dealt with in 2015.
Knighton will visit with the Patriots on Monday, NFL.com reports.
Knighton's visit with New England comes after fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley opted to sign with the Saints instead of the Patriots. Still, Knighton represents a more than capable alternative. The veteran excels at clogging running lanes, and finished last season with 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games played.
Knighton has been informed that he won't be re-signed by the Redskins this offseason, The Washington Post reports.
Knighton signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Redskins last offseason, and finished the 2015 campaign with 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 games played. Despite those contributions, Knighton will not be retained by the Redskins, allowing the affectionately-nicknamed "Pot Roast" to focus on engaging interested parties ahead of signing elsewhere this offseason.
Knighton (head) is active Sunday at Carolina.
Knighton was able to log a limited practice Friday, and that was enough to warrant an active status Sunday, despite seeing a migraine specialist earlier in the week. His presence will certainly be welcome against a run-heavy Carolina offensive unit.
Knighton (head) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers, CSN's Tarik El-Bashir reports.
Knighton missed Thursday's practice to meet with a migraine specialist. If he does miss another game, it will be a downgrade for Washington's shaky run defense, heading into a game against the NFL's most run-heavy team.
Knighton continues to battle migraines missed practice Thursday to see a specialist, the Washington Post reports.
Knighton sat out two weeks ago against New England but was able to play last week. His status is uncertain for Sunday.
Knighton (head) will not play Sunday against New England.
Knighton is dealing with severe headaches, an issue that's plagued him for a number of years. The 29-year-old has recorded 16 combined tackles to go with 0.5 sacks in seven games.
An illness prevented Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton from practicing Wednesday, per the Washington Post.
Knighton has appeared in camp heavier than the 354 pounds at which he is listed. The afternoon session was held in 100-plus degree temperatures.
Former Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton will sign a contract with the Redskins, according to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
The news of Knighton signing follows his visit with the Redskins on Wednesday. In six previous seasons, Knighton has totaled 201 total tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Knighton is signing a one-year, $4 million deal.
An unnamed head coach told Dianna Marie Russine of NBC 4 in Washington D.C., that "teams afraid to sign" former Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton "because he's out of shape." Knighton visited the Redskins on Wednesday, per the Denver Post.
Knighton, 28, spent his first four seasons in the league with the Jaguars before joining the Broncos in 2013. He has racked up 201 total tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles through out his six-year NFL career.
Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is visiting the Redskins on Wednesday, per the Denver Post.
Knighton, who played for the Broncos in 2014, is heading into his seventh season in the NFL. The 28-year-old played for the Jaguars for four seasons before joining the Broncos in 2013.
Throughout his career he has 201 total tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Free-agent defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said Tuesday that the Raiders didn't make a competitive offer for his services, and that the Raiders and Broncos are out of the running for the free agent, ESPN reports.
"The Raiders made me an offer but it's not close to what I was looking for," Knighton said. "So as of right now the Raiders and Broncos are out of the race. A lot of people had me going to the Raiders because of Jack Del Rio, but I'm now focusing on a few other teams right now."
The Redskins, Colts and Bears were three other teams reported to have "serious interest" in signing Knighton, who recorded 30 total tackles and two sacks last season.
The four teams with "serious interest" in impending free-agent defensive tackle Terrance Knighton include the Raiders, Redskins, Colts and Bears, ESPN reports.
Knighton said in February he'd be willing to take somewhat of a hometown discount" to remain with the Broncos, but the team has yet to work out a new deal with the defensive tackle with free agency just days away. Knighton recorded 30 total tackles and two sacks in 2014.
Broncos general manager John Elway understands impending free agents like defensive tackle Terrance Knighton are antsy, saying, "I can't calm the frustration," USA Today reports.
Elway added that most of the deals worked out with players on the verge of free agency will happen right before the league year begins in March. Knighton said earlier this week that he'd be "willing to take somewhat of a hometown discount," but he wants to be paid at a level matching his level of play.
Knighton recorded 30 total tackles and two sacks while ranking 12th out of 81 defensive tackles in overall play, per Pro Football Focus.
With free agency approaching, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said his preference is to remain with the Broncos. However, he's aware of the business process in the NFL and that it's possible he'll end up elsewhere once the new league year begins in March.
"I want to stay with the Broncos," Knighton told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I’m willing to take somewhat of a hometown discount, but I also want to make sure I’m getting paid well for my position and how well I played. But if the Broncos don’t make any moves, I have no problem signing somewhere else."
Knighton recorded 30 tackles and two sacks for the Broncos during the 2014 regular season.
Although Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is playing out the final year of his two-year, $4.5 million contract, he told reporters on Monday that he's determined to be a Bronco next season.
"Denver is definitely where I want to be," Knighton said, per the team's official website. "If they're in the ballpark, I'll be a Bronco."
Knighton has registered two sacks and 26 combined tackles through 14 games played.
Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas (ankle) and running back C.J. Anderson (ankle) are active for the game against Buffalo after being listed as probable.
Also suiting up for Denver are offensive tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and running back Juwan Thompson (knee).
The Broncos unveiled a lengthy injury report for Week 14 against Buffalo. Eight of the 17 players on the list received the green light and were deemed probable for Sunday. Those players were: Running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), tackle Paul Cornick (shoulder), linebacker Lerentee McCray (illness), center Will Montgomery (knee), cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (knee) and wide receiver Wes Welker (rest)
Safety Quinton Carter (knee), defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (elbow), defensive end Quanterus Smith (ribs), tight end Jacob Tamme (ribs) and tight end Julius Thomas (ankle). Meanwhile, running back Montee Ball (groin), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) and cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) were ruled out for Sunday.