The Redskins reportedly had interest in former Denver Broncos DT Terrance Knighton, and he has been testing his market in free agency and will visit the team on Wednesday. It was reported earlier today that he had eliminated two teams from consideration, the Oakland Raiders and his former team, the Broncos. Knighton's former Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio is the new Head Coach of the Raiders, and he was expected to get interest from them, but the offer wasn't what he expected.
Just spoke with free agent DT Terrance Knighton: "The #Raiders made me an offer but it's not close to what I was looking for. So as of right now the #Raiders and #Broncos are out of the race. A lot of people had me going to the Raiders because of Jack Del Rio, but I'm now focusing on a few other teams right now."
The Redskins have released two defensive linemen, and signed two new ones over the last few weeks. Injured and aging DLs Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield were released to give the team an extra $9.6+ million in cap space. Former Colts DL Ricky Jean Francois was signed the day before after being a cap casualty in Indianapolis. Today the news came out that the Redskins had signed former Chicago Bears DT Stephen Paea to a 4 year, $21 million contract. The Redskins could also lose another defensive lineman if free agent Jarvis Jenkins is not re-signed with the team.
The question with Knighton, who will be 29 this summer, is how much will he cost, and do the Redskins want to bring in another DL pushing 30. Even if the Redskins lose Jenkins in free agency, they still have the draft or other free agent options that could cost less. Knighton's price might come down slightly when the market starts to set itself for defensive linemen. The Redskins have not addressed other areas they have been looking at in free agency like safety and offensive line. ESPN980's Chris Russell says the Redskins are still looking for help on the defensive line, and also mentioned that interest in Arizona Cardinals DT Dan Williams has cooled off. The first day of free agency was not your typical Redskins Christmas, but Scot McCloughan is setting prices for players and it seems he is not going over them. Will Knighton lower his expected price to play in Washington, or is it on to the next player for the Redskins?
Knighton's friend, Redskins DT Chris Baker, is having some Pot Roast for dinner tomorrow.
#PotRoast2DC tomorrow for dinner— Chris Baker (@cbaker92redskin) March 11, 2015