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Terrance Knighton: I'm free agency's 'biggest steal'

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New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan used his first offseason in Washington to add players and churn the roster in a quest to fortify both lines.

McCloughan was also the only front-office executive to furnish Terrance Knighton with what the former Broncos defensive tackle deemed a reasonable offer.

Signing a one-year, $4 million pact with the Redskins, the man known as "Pot Roast" is now answering to the title of "the biggest steal in free agency," per SI.com's Don Banks.

"Yeah, I was (the biggest steal)," Knighton told Banks this week during OTAs. "But I've always bet on myself. I consider myself a premier player in this league, and I've got a lot of football left. This will be my seventh season, so when I hit the table again, there won't be any excuses next time."

We expected Raiders coach and former Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to pursue Knighton after the defender started 32 straight games in Denver over the past two seasons. Oakland didn't pursue him, though, leaving Knighton to confront a soft market for his services.

Despite concerns over Knighton's weight and conditioning, the nose tackle immediately improves Washington's three-man front alongside Jason Hatcher and Stephen Paea.

"I was actually surprised he was available," Redskins coach Jay Gruden told Banks. "We didn't play Denver last year so I didn't get a big look at him on tape, but I remember from the playoff run they had two years ago and he was damn near unstoppable in there. He's got great hands and it's very tough to sustain a block with him. He sheds blocks extremely well."

Thirty-one other teams passed him by, but Knighton figures as a 16-game starter for a Redskins team that certainly could use help.

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