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Report: Terrance Knighton Signs With The Patriots


Free agent nose tackle Terrance Knighton, who spent the 2015 season with the Redskins, has reportedly agreed to sign with the New England Patriots.

Pot Roast will apparently not be returning to the Redskins in 2016.

The veteran nose tackle otherwise known as Terrance Knighton today agreed to sign with the New England Patriots, a decision confirmed Thursday by a tweet from Knighton of a Patriots uniform.

Knighton was purportedly choosing between signing with the Patriots or the Redskins.

Knighton, an eight-year veteran, spent the 2015 season with the Redskins, where he recorded 30 tackles with six quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks in 15 regular season appearances.

The 29-year-old previously played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos as well.

In his career, Knighton has amassed 230 tackles with 14 sacks, 10 passes defensed, three fumbles forced and two interceptions.

Knighton spent the 2015 season as the Redskins' primary nose tackle, a run-stopper up the middle that offenses had difficulty going against at times.

The Temple product believes he can still produce at a high level. He'll get an opportunity to prove that fact once again in New England.

"I have a lot of football left in me and I feel like I can contribute to a team," Knighton said in January. "A lot of people look at the numbers, but I've been a 32 tackle, two- or three-sack guy my whole career, so hopefully someone else still needs a run stuffer."

Check out the top 10 photos of Terrance Knighton from the 2015 season.

Knighton, who was an unrestricted free agent following his one-year deal with Washington in 2015, wasn't originally expecting to return to the Redskins, tweeting in early March that he had a conversation with general manager Scot McCloughan and was told the team was looking to go in a different direction.

But with both the team and Knighton, who had received public support from his best friend Chris Baker, keeping their communication open, the nose tackle apparently was left with a decision to return to Washington or start anew with the Patriots. With Knighton's departure, the Redskins' defensive line will return four players from the NFC East-winning squad from last year – Baker, Ricky Jean Francois, Kedic Golston and Stephen Paea. Both Golston and Baker were cited by head coach Jay Gruden as candidates to play at the nose tackle position this year.

The team also signed former Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Ziggy Hood and veteran nose tackle Jerrell Powe as well this offseason, while also retaining Corey Crawford among other younger players.




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