Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton opted for a one-year "prove-it" deal with the Redskins in free agency this past season following a disappointing emergence on the open market. After solidifying himself as a top nose tackle with the Broncos, he expected to come back to Denver with deeper pockets.
"I'm not really understanding why a guy like me, and what I bring to a team and what I bring to the field, is bouncing around like this," Knighton said Tuesday on Sirius XM. "But it'll catch up with itself."
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Knighton said that he hasn't had any discussions with Washington during the exclusive negotiation period. He felt he came on toward the end of the 2015 season after adjusting to a very different responsibility in defensive coordinator Joe Barry's attacking 3-4 system. Knighton sees himself as a more traditional two-gap clogger.
"I haven't gotten any hint that they want me back or anything," he said. "To me personally. I haven't heard anything. And like I said, that's one thing I'm not going to stress about. Last time around I was hoping that something could get done with Denver and I was praying on that, I was talking it up all the time whenever I talked to the media because I felt in my heart that's where I was going to be. My emotions got caught into it. This time around, I understand it's a business."
A business that is also leading him to believe that the Redskins might be looking for a different kind of nose tackle.
"Maybe that's where the disconnect is right now as far as bringing me back," he said.
Knighton represents the downside to being a great, traditional 3-4 nose tackle. Because many are only on the field for one or two downs, they often get left out in terms of lucrative, multi-year deals. Knighton was very effective against the run, but played almost 200 fewer snaps in 2015 (345) than he did in Denver the year before.