Washington gets a huge bargain with Knighton deal

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Terrance Knighton was regarded as one of the top interior defensive tackles in 2015 free agency.  He could be one of the top interior defensive tackles in 2016 free agency, too.

Until then, Washington has gotten one heck of a bargain.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Knighton’s one-year deal (reported widely as being worth $4 million), pays out $2.95 million guaranteed.  Another $500,000 is tied to per-game roster bonuses, and another $450,000 will be paid based on his ability to comply with specific weight clauses.

Another $100,000 can be earned by participating in the team’s workout program.

Oakland also was interested in Knighton, but he described the offer from the Raiders as “not close to what I was looking for.”  Coincidentally (or not), the Raiders later paid defensive tackle Dan Williams $15.2 million fully guaranteed on a four-year, $25 million contract.

62 responses to “Washington gets a huge bargain with Knighton deal

  1. This deal is bizarre. You’d think that with that kind of contract, he could have signed with contending team and further enhance his chances of a big payday.

    Great deal for the Redskins.

  2. I’m astonished the Patriots didn’t consider signing him when he was available for that price.

  3. So the Raider deal wasn’t even in his ballpark and they pay their 2nd choice 15 mil guaranteed and he takes a one year deal with a guaranteed 2.95 mil?? Sounds about right.

    Maybe he just didn’t want to play against the Bronco’s twice a year, because Washington is not much better than the Raiders.

    And we all know that RGIII is a “lame duck” QB. Washington’s coach doesn’t want him and is just buying time to dump him.

  4. Dan Williams is not a full time player…very average to good…won’t be missed as a player here in AZ..Nice guy from all indications

  5. What surprises me is the lack of interest for him. What’s the deal? Lesser guys got more money elsewhere.

    When the Raiders and Washington are teams that are interested in you there’s something seriously wrong.

  6. The Raiders are fine doing football stuff. This is proof. They didn’t give him what he wanted and nobody would.

    He didn’t sign a single year deal for half the money he wanted because people were lining up to give him 8 mil a year long term.

    The only fools here is the player and his agent.

  7. Have to say he got paid probably what he was worth. Raiders probably offered him about the same but probably on a 3 year deal. Lets not forget that Williams was still a first rd pick by the cards the same year McCoy, and Suh came out pot roast was a 3rd pick.

    Now as far as him getting more next year at the age of 30….i doubt it….telling you right now 2016 UFA’s Marcell Dareus, Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers, Damon Harrison, Sammie Lee Hill, and even Ngata will get more next year….

    in other words if he was going to get paid he should have got paid this year….his agent gave him bad advice that is why he is on a one year deal

  8. Once again only half the story is told here. Knighton want more money from the Raiders who also gave him a deal we
    Around the same amount. He said the Raiders lowballed him but he ended up getting the money on a one year deal from the Redskins because the market dried up and he overvalued himself. Basically he took this deal because he was getting anything better. Yes the Raider did pay more for Dan Williams but he’s 2 yrs younger and has similar stats. So if you’re gonna tell it at least tell the whole story

  9. How would you know….Knighton has to come off the field on 3rd down…with a pass happy league he may only get 15 snaps a game…which is why he got the deal he did…it’s also why he didn’t get the deal he wanted…you never heard of him until the Broncos were playing deep in the playoffs with their HOF QB…he will be out of the league in 2 more years max…hear me now believe me later

  10. Welcome to the Skins brother, don’t listen to the haters. Skins have now signed 5 solid players in free agency… ALL D Players. Add that to a healthy RG3 and more D players in the draft. On paper Skins are clearly the best team in the NFC East now.

  11. Knight ons not a fool he isn’t going to play for the trash of the NFL in the Raiders

  12. It was being reported that teams were spooked because of his weight/conditioning, so hopefully this experience has motivated him to rehab his rep in preparation for next offseason. I won’t mind the Redskins re-upping at a higher price next year, if he turns in a Pro Bowl caliber year on this contract. I like the signing.

    Also, I’m in the Phoenix area, and it’s long been an issue that Dan Williams shows up for camp out of shape, so it’s not like the Raiders necessarily dodged that bullet. I guess guys that big always have that to keep under control.

  13. How could the Broncos not sign a known commodity for this money is beyond me. Terrance gets it done stopping the run. Pass happy league or not, if you can’t stop the run you’re going no where. What is the 4 mil that Peyton gave back going to be used?

  14. Dan Williams was clearly the Raiders choice over Pot Roast and if anyone believes otherwise they haven’t got a clue. If they wanted him that bad they would have signed him. Reports are Knighton is way out of shape.

  15. fade fans will never come to the understanding that they have to overpay by a considerable margin for players to come to their pathetic franchise.

    It’s a level of ignorance that can’t be overcome.

  16. Man Raiders fans think that just because in a season where Derek Carr threw for about 5 yards every play that players are just gonna flood to the team. I remember being envious of the Raiders but to be honest I just don’t see them being good for another 6 years, and I’m not trying to be rude or anything it’s just that McKenzie royally screwed up by hiring Dennis Allen.

  17. Here is your red flags. His former team didn’t take him, His former head coach didn’t take him, His former DC didn’t take him. Hmmm?
    Word is he was out of shape and overweight.
    Look at how Fairley took things seriously and got in shape. The Pot Roast is over done.

  18. slick50ks says: Mar 14, 2015 5:25 PM

    fade fans will never come to the understanding that they have to overpay by a considerable margin for players to come to their pathetic franchise.

    It’s a level of ignorance that can’t be overcome.
    ——————
    The Chiefs have 28.6 million in cap space devoted to Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe, and Brandon Flowers. That is a level of brilliance my chimp brain cannot begin to comprehend.

  19. great deal for skins but i really do think baker was a big thing anyway great for us skins!

  20. Anybody who thinks Pot Roast is a better player than Dan Williams drinks Kool Aid…..there is a reason he was the first defensive tackle selected in Rd 1 after Suh, and McCoy went 1-2

  21. It seems like no matter what Washington does,the haters and trolls just flood the gates as soon as there is a redskins thread.

    What gets me is the hatred that comes from the fans of teams that are not even in their division or confrence and some of those teams have issues of their own

    Sure the Skins were bad but I believe once they fix that horrible O-line they will be just fine (Not saying they will win it all) Dont trip!!!!

  22. yyc2phx says:
    Mar 14, 2015 4:12 PM
    Dan Williams is not a full time player…very average to good…won’t be missed as a player here in AZ..Nice guy from all indications
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    funny, thats the same thing AZ fans said when Simeon Rice left as a UFA as well….i guess one persons junk is another persons treasure….welcome to the Raider Nation Dan Williams….have fun “Hailing” in DC potroast, and AZ fans….keep telling yourself first rd picks that started approx 70 games for you the past few years don’t really matter…lol

  23. Knighton, son of Haynesworth.
    If JDR called his bluff, then didnt jump, dont call the Raiders stupid.
    They did the right thing getting Dumpster Dan.

  24. The redskins are God’s team. Of course God’s team’s front office churned out another great deal. My sources say some FAs want to come here to play for $7.25 an hour, just to be able to put it on their resumes. You are all fools if you expect anything less. Best all around, well constructed, front office in all of major sports. You see, here in Washington, like all of the other sports teams here that we are so proud to call our own, the Redskins aquire sleepers and keepers. Those who simply cannot and will not rise to the occasion of expectancy, will find themselves begging on the streets in no time(see Ocrapko and Haynesworthless, as well as many more no longer able to play for the greatest franchise in tackle football history).

  25. Knighton isn’t a Bronco because he has weight issues. He showed up to training camp 40 pounds overweight in a contract year. Got off to a slow start because of his weight. Also, I don’t think the Broncos cared for all his talking and guarantees on social media either.

  26. No one is mentioning the fact that his life long friend Chris Baker is under contract with the Skins. A pretty nice incentive to sign a “show me” deal with a team that has money to spend and not much competition at NT. I bet he’ll be pretty good and get paid next year.

  27. Regardless of the contract, Washington’s interior defensive Line got A LOT better with the additions of Pot Roast and Stephen Paea. Paea is very underrated and could very well become one of the few value signings. At a time when most teams overspend to fill needs, the Redskins got better in a very frugal way.

  28. So this guy was courted by the two bottom feeders of the NFL whose fans are now insulting each other. Top line teams that actually watch film and know what type of person Knighton is wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

  29. This thread is hilarious. Are we to believe “Pot Roast” is taking a page out of the Free Agent Magician’s(Revis) book and betting on himself?

    I really hope it works out for the guy, but this deal is crazy when you have 2nd tier players getting broke off!

  30. As a lifelong Skins fan, you don’t see “great deal for the team” mentioned much in FA.
    HTTR.
    We’ll contend by 2017, not a brag, just a fact:)

  31. raiderapologist says:
    Mar 14, 2015 5:50 PM
    slick50ks says: Mar 14, 2015 5:25 PM

    fade fans will never come to the understanding that they have to overpay by a considerable margin for players to come to their pathetic franchise.

    It’s a level of ignorance that can’t be overcome.
    ——————
    The Chiefs have 28.6 million in cap space devoted to Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe, and Brandon Flowers. That is a level of brilliance my chimp brain cannot begin to comprehend.

    ——————————

    The centerpiece of your free agency this year is a NINE MILLION DOLLAR a year center, with TWENTY MILLION guaranteed.

    Have another drink.

  32. officialgame says: Mar 14, 2015 8:23 PM

    So this guy was courted by the two bottom feeders of the NFL whose fans are now insulting each other. Top line teams that actually watch film and know what type of person Knighton is wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.
    —————–
    Oakland never showed serious interest. That was connect-the-dots media speculation. They courted Randall Cobb for sure, and made some other offers. McKenzie has made some clown moves in free agency, but isn’t spending just to save his job.

  33. slick50ks says: Mar 14, 2015 8:45 PM

    The centerpiece of your free agency this year is a NINE MILLION DOLLAR a year center, with TWENTY MILLION guaranteed.

    Have another drink.
    ———————
    For the second year in a row, the Chiefs O-line got worse.

    Cheers.

  34. HE WHINED ABOUT THE RAIDERS OFFER BEING TO CHEAP, AND THEN HE SETTLES FOR 4MILLION FOR 1 YEAR, WHAT A CHUMP!

  35. slick50ks says: Mar 14, 2015 8:45 PM

    The centerpiece of your free agency this year is a NINE MILLION DOLLAR a year center, with TWENTY MILLION guaranteed.
    ——————–
    The Chiefs are paying Dwayne Bowe NINE MILLION DOLLARS this year, and he’s been cut. They are paying Brandon Flowers FOUR MILLION DOLLARS this year, and he got cut last season. Vance Walker is good for TWO MILLION DOLLARS in dead money. Joe Mays, Anthony Fasano, and Ryan Succop are taking over FOUR MILLION DOLLARS between them. That’s NINETEEN MILLION DOLLARS for guys not on the roster. That is also guaranteed.

  36. He signed in large part to play with his buddy Baker. I think they will push each other. Still hope they draft Shelton.. You can see what Scot wants in the middle of a 3-4, a huge guy that can stop the run. Everybody thinking that Paea and or Ricky Jean were gong to be NT were clearly wrong. Daft Shelton ad have an economical NT to groom for the future while Knighton checks off his bucket list playing with Baker in the NFL

  37. Pot Roast!
    Guinness Book of Records holder for the category of ‘Most Girth Through the Hips’….although he co-holds the record with Oprah.

  38. Hey Pot Roast, nobody misses you in Denver baby. That’s why no efforts were made to keep you.

    Jeesh Roast. Last year was a contract year and you show up to camp 40lbs overweight? Really? Really?

    And congrats on your new contract with Washinton. Costco managers make more. They played you big baby!

    Anyway, good bye and good riddance. Enjoy your many meals today!

  39. So my wife went to highschool with Baker and Knighton – I think that’s DEFINITELY a big factor. They were highschool teammates – now NFL teammates.

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