Redskins GM loves Terrance Knighton's prove-it deal

Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton impressed the Redskins' new general manager for his willingness to take a one-year "prove it" deal, via CSN Washington.

"He wants the big contract -- which I love," Scot McCloughan recently said. "Come in here play, you know? Be a Pro Bowler. I'm going to take care of you."

Without dancing around the subject too much, here's everything that is wrong with this:

  1. Knighton is one of the 10 best players at his position. He doesn't need to prove anything.
  1. What McCloughan likely appreciates is the fact that Knighton accepted a one-year deal worth a maximum of $4 million. Moxie has nothing to do with it.
  1. Prove-it deals, while a great thing for someone like Jeremy Maclin at age 26, aren't always the best for a 28-year-old defensive lineman whose playing weight hovers in the low-to-mid 300s. All the pressure is on Knighton's shoulders.
  1. Talking up prove-it deals, especially with a rising cap, is troublesome for young players looking to get into the good graces of general managers. Dustin Keller opted for one a few years back and we've yet to hear from the former first-round pick since he suffered a massive leg injury in 2013.
  1. McCloughan is now setting himself up to overpay for Knighton if he has a great season, though the cards are stacked against the player. While Knighton is a noticeable player at his position, which can help his Pro Bowl stock, evaluating the job of a nose tackle is difficult. The best ones often don't get the recognition they deserve.

Basically, let's start calling one-year deals for veterans what they are, and not making them a lofty promise that is hard to deliver on.

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