2013 Free Agents of interest – Part 1 – Terrance Knighton, DT


Terrance Knighton – DT (Nose Tackle): 6’ 3’’, 330 lbs, 26 y/o, 4 season, 3rd round pick in 2009 by Jacksonville Jaguars (H.C.: Jack Del Rio).

Terrance Knighton has the second best stats for DT selected in the 2009 draft as for tackles.

He sums, up to week 7 of 2012: 122 tackles, 7,5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 interception.

He was selected by Jacksonville when Del Rio was the Head Coach and he just lost his starting job in week 7 of the 2012 season.

He had some off the field problem the past April, this to be said.

I guess that he could be a strong candidate for a free agent addiction by the Broncos, given that Del Rio will remain as Denver Defensive Coordinator next year.

Why the broncos would be interested:

  • Ty Warren won’t be resigned after 2 years of Injury Reserve.
  • Justin Bannan will be a free agent at the end of the 2012 season (he signed a 1 year contract this past spring with the Broncos) and even if he’s playing really good football, he also will be 32 years old next season and Denver roster is not really deep in big run stuffing nose tackles that could step up and play.
  • Vickerson also signed a 2 year contract in 2011, so by my mathematics he is supposed to be a free agent at the end of the year.
  • The Broncos will look to upgrade any position they could in the offseason and I guess they’ll go on with the not top tier free agents politics, which I embrace. Knighton, even more since he lost his starting job, could not demand a huge amount of money and even if he will be pursuit by a number of teams, especially 3-4 teams looking for big nose tackles, he could really accept a lesser offer to reunite with Del Rio, the coach that believed in him and made him one of the bright spot on that team.

Why the Broncos could not pursuing him:

  • Well, it all comes down to what Del Rio will do next offseason. If he’ll be again the Broncos defensive coordinator, it will depend on what is his relation with Knighton. Somehow Knighton was thought to be something like a vocal leader of Jaguars defense until this year, so my guessing is that he was a Del Rio man. If Del Rio will leave Denver, then it will depend on who’ll be the new DC and which kind of personnel he’ll require.
  • Off the field problems: a part the past April one, I’m not aware of any other, but this does not mean that they didn’t happen.

Resume:

Knighton is a proven player that performed well as run stuffer in his NFL career and his position is one of the thinnest positions on Denver roster.

I would rather go with a proven veteran that a draft pick, or at least I think this guy is really worth a medium investment if surrounded by performance incentives clauses. The connection with Del Rio could really motivate him and he could be this kind of addiction that immediately gives to the team a starter or a quality rotational player.

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