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Terrance Knighton could join Oakland Raiders in free agency

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Terrance Knighton, the man with the second greatest nickname in the NFL, could be on the move in free agency this year.

'Pot Roast' as he is better known to all, is an unrestricted free agent this off-season and the Oakland Raiders are reported to be pushing hard to land the Denver Broncos star defensive tackle.

According to a report from the Denver Post, Knighton is a massive leader in the locker room as well as one the field, but with the Broncos set to fork out so much to keep the likes of Julius and Demaryius Thomas, they may not be able to afford him, paving the way for Oakland to swoop in.

No Talks Yet

"A team captain and locker room leader, Knighton is a free agent. He said he will take less to remain in Denver, but there have been no contract talks this offseason," Troy E. Renck wrote, worrying Broncos fans and delighting Oakland supporters in equal measure.

"If Knighton reaches the open market next month, the Broncos will be hard-pressed to match a team offering, say, $30 million over five years. The Oakland Raiders are expected to pursue Knighton.."

Premier Run Defender

Knighton is one of the best run defenders in the league, with Pro Football Focus grading him ninth against the run among defensive tackles and nose tackles last season. The Raiders could do with that sort of boost to their defensive line, as teams time and time again looked to use Oakland as an excuse to get their run game going last season.

The 28-year-old Knighton proved a great value signing for the Broncos when he joined in free agency in March 2013. Since making the move from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Knighton has started all 32 regular season games in the last two years.

Now Knighton is poised to hit free agency once again, this time as a premier player at his position and one that will be in a lot more demand and set for a very nice pay rise. 

Knighton was a third round pick by the Jaguars in the 2009 draft, being selected with the 72nd overall pick. He played his college ball at Temple University where he was a star, becoming the team's first ever All-MAC honouree. 

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