Free Agency 2016

Patriots Add DT Terrance Knighton


Ever since the New England Patriots traded away defensive end Chandler Jones, they are stocking up on defensive line depth.

Their latest signing is former Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins defensive tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton.

Knighton is a physical run-stuffer that tips the scales at roughly 360 pounds.  He’s been a productive player everywhere he’s been which makes it even more puzzling why the 29-year old is on his fourth NFL franchise.

The deal is being reported as another one-year opportunity worth approximately $4.5 million.

Perhaps New England is planning on playing a very heavy front as they have a loaded depth chart in the middle that includes 2015 starters Malcom Brown (2015 first-round pick) and Alan Branch at defensive tackle, and also have Chris Jones, former first round pick Dominique Easley, Frank Kearse, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and Joe Vellano.

They still have defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who was a very productive player opposite Chandler Jones a season ago.

New England always gets the benefit of the doubt when there doesn’t seem to be an initial scheme fit, as head coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia are the best in the business at creating new schemes and fitting their pieces in.

It will be interesting to see what the Patriots have in store for opponents due to the extra heavy defensive line they’re assembling.

About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.