Terrance Knighton Agrees to Deal With New England Patriots

(Denver, CO  01/19/2014 ) In the play of the game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton on 4th down to end the third quarter of the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Staff Photo by Matthew West.
(Denver, CO 01/19/2014 ) In the play of the game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton on 4th down to end the third quarter of the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Staff Photo by Matthew West.

The Patriots are beefing up their defensive front.

Nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton has informed the Pats of his decision to sign with them, according to a source. He’ll ink a one-year contract worth up to $4.5 million.

The 6-foot-3, 354-pounder has been one of the more disruptive interior presences in the league during his best days, and he was a major reason for the Broncos’ victory against the Patriots in the 2013 AFC Championship Game. Knighton, who turns 30 in July, has spent time with the Jaguars (2009-12), Broncos (2013-14) and Redskins (2015).

With this move, the Patriots have added more than they’ve lost at defensive tackle this offseason. Knighton joins former Redskins teammate Frank Kearse among the additions, while Akiem Hicks (Bears) and Sealver Siliga (Seahawks) have departed. The Patriots will have a sturdy competition for jobs and roles with Malcom Brown, Dominique Easley, Alan Branch, Chris Jones, Knighton and Kearse.

The Patriots did try to keep both Hicks and Siliga, and they were also in on Nick Fairley before he signed with the Saints, so defensive tackle has been a point of emphasis for Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio this month. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they also tapped into an extremely talented draft class at the end of April.

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SOURCE: Boston Herald
Jeff Howe