Former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Terrance Knighton visited Washington on a Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday evening he became the newest member of the Redskins, inking a one-year deal worth a reported $4 million.
Similar to the Stephen Paea deal earlier in the week, the addition of Knighton won’t tip the scales or send Twitter into a tailspin; but it’s an encouraging deal for the Redskins.
1. Stickin’ to the plan. Not only is new general manager Scot McCloughan building from the inside out, but he’s also refusing to break the bank.
2. The money. One year, $4 million. It’s smart. It’s a bargain.
Redskins protected in Terrance Knighton's deal. Of the $4M max, $550K is workout bonus, $500K in per-game bonuses, $450K in weight clauses.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2015
3. The fit, which means Paea is your end opposite Jason Hatcher, and Pot Roast gets the nod at nose tackle. Ironically enough, Chris Baker (who is a childhood friend of Knighton’s and who helped with the lineman’s recruitment) looks to be the team’s first rotational guy.
4. The player. At 6’3″, 335 pounds, Knighton is true to the nose tackle position, and it’ll be nice for the Redskins to have a large cog in the middle drawing double teams and helping to clog running lanes. There’s some concern/talk regarding his weight and fitness level, none of which really concerns me as a fan. Knighton isn’t a three-down player, the team didn’t sink a ship to sign him, and he’ll be playing with lots of motivation in Washington, including trying to outdo his best friend (Baker), as well as working to earn his next contract.