Pot Roast will not be served in New England this season.
Knighton saw this one coming after he didn't play a single snap against the Panthers this past week in the team's third preseason game.
"You're always concerned when you're not playing," he said, via ESPN.com. "I prepared myself to play, the coaches made the decisions on who they wanted to play, and I'm not going to ask any questions or make any excuses or look for any explanation. I'm just going to get dressed, get back on the plane and see what happens."
This is the second time in as many years the Patriots signed a big-named veteran, paid him some real money and watched him walk away (Reggie Wayne in 2015). Knighton already made about $650,000, according to various reports. He'll earn more than that when he is snapped up over the next two weeks.
Knighton seemed to be an obvious Vince Wilfork stand-in. With few true nose tackles in the NFL operating with such success, Knighton had his pick of a few teams this offseason and ended up choosing the Patriots over his former team, the Washington Redskins. The Patriots also tried out former first-round pick Nick Fairley before watching him sign with the Saints.
Knighton logged 1.5 sacks over his only season in Washington last year.