After completing his one-year deal with the Redskins for the 2015 season, Terrance Knighton says he would like to return to Washington for the 2016 season and beyond.
Terrance Knighton knows he has a lot of football left in him; the question is will it be with the Washington Redskins again?
Knighton, 29, just completed his first season with the Redskins after signing a one-year deal with the organization last March.
One of the largest nose tackles in the game, Knighton – 6-foot-3, 354 pounds – tallied 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 15 starts.
"I feel like I can contribute to a team," Knighton said during exit interviews following the Redskins' Wild Card Round loss to the Green Bay Packers. "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."
While Knighton wouldn't necessarily make the flashiest plays, he filled his role – which was to clog the running lanes up the middle – well.
At times, teams simply couldn't get any traction going by running in Knighton's direction.
But his role expanded well past being the anchor of defensive coordinator Joe Barry's 3-4 scheme.
Knighton – who was selected as the 2014 Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, given to a Denver Broncos player for their accountability and accessibility in daily workings during the season – served as an experienced veteran leader for the defensive line.
"I was just happy to be a part of it," Knighton said of being with the Redskins in 2015. "Obviously, everybody told me about what went on here last year and how they wanted to change things around, and that's why they brought me here to help out with that. It was a slight success winning the division, but ultimately the goal of this organization is to win a championship, and we didn't do that. So they'll take the steps to build the roster and try to get that championship. Hopefully I'm a part of it."
Knighton's hope is that this foray into free agency is different than his previous two searches for a new home.
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In 2012, after four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Knighton became a free agent.
He signed with the Broncos.
After two seasons in Devner, Knighton once again found himself hitting the free agent market last offseason.
He signed with the Redskins, who gave him a one-year deal.
"This is my third time going through this, and every time I thought I was coming back and didn't," Knighton said. "Hopefully it'll all work itself out and I'll be playing football."
While his future with the Redskins likely depends on general manager Scot McCloughan's plan, Knighton said he's going to take the offseason just "one day at a time."
"I know we have the process, and it'll be my third time going through it now," Knighton said. "Hopefully I'm here, but hopefully I just get an opportunity to play football."