The Washington Redskins have been about quality versus quantity thus far in free agency, making impact signings that have avoided national headlines. Scot McGloughan continues to put his imprint on this team during his first offseason, getting players he’s familiar with. Whether he actually drafted them or his proteges in Seattle and San Francisco. Earlier today, the Redskins acquired former San Francisco 49er cornerback Chris Culliver who’s expected to help the backend of that defense.
In his past stops, McCloghan built the rosters from the trenches out, focusing on both the offensive and defensive lines. He’s already made strides by turning over that defensive line first, adding Ricky Jean-Francois and Stephen Paea. Both of which can rush the passer from the end and nose positions, but they lack a certain quality. Terrance Knighton has enough of said quality for both of them, size.
‘Pot Roast’ is able to anchor the middle of that defensive line, clogging rushing lanes for opposing running backs and keeping the middle linebackers behind him relatively clean. The ability to not be pushed back forces teams to widen the area in wish they want to run the ball, which only helps his teammates along the line at the defensive end spots.
Knighton was a key addition to formidable Denver defense last season, he just didn’t get any of the headlines his former teammates received. It’s hard to stand out as a nose tackle when you play with two great pass rushers in DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. Due to Knighton’s ability to clog the run lanes, the Broncos were able to get after opposing teams and make them one dimensional. Forcing teams to throw downfield, which only played into their favor with Ware and Miller rushing from the edge.
It’s a different time in Washington as Knighton’s deal didn’t come remotely close to breaking the bank. He received a one year deal worth $4 million dollars, with a $2 million dollar bonus per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. As far as guaranteed money goes, ‘Pot Roast’ is getting just $950,000. A very cost effective signing by McCloughan, it’s up to Knighton to keep his weight in check to earn another contract from the Redskins going forward.