The Pot Roast is done.
The 330-pound behemoth with the colorful sobriquet of “Pot Roast” started 96 games over seven seasons with the Jaguars, Broncos and Redskins. Knighton went unsigned last season after failing to survive final cuts with the Patriots.
The highlight of Knighton’s colorful career was leading a Denver defense that actually improved after losing All-Pro linebacker Von Miller to a season-ending knee injury in 2013. By the time the Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII, Knighton was reaching his peak as a terrorizing force on the defensive line.
“He’s an athlete. He may have a mass to him, but he’s got hands. He’s got feet,” defensive line coach Jay Rodgers told Around The NFL at time. “I guarantee you he could probably dunk a basketball back in his day.
“The guy played wide receiver when he was in high school. I mean, he’s just an athlete. That’s just his natural god-given ability.”
Knighton will walk away with modest career numbers (14 sacks, 230 combined tackles and three forced fumbles) that fall short of reflecting his impact as one of the premier run-stuffers of the past decade.