Broncos sign Terrance Knighton

The Broncos defense will have 660 pounds of mass at its fulcrum (the literal one, not the figurative one that is Von Miller) this season, assuming Terrance Knighton is able to win a starting job next to Kevin Vickerson.

In a move that surprises nobody - at least nobody here at IAOFM - Denver has signed the former Jaguars defensive tackle to a two-year contract ($4.5M).

Knighton was selected by Jacksonville in the third round of the 2009 Draft (72nd overall) when Jack Del Rio was their head coach, and he played under Denver's current DC for two and a half seasons, until Del Rio was fired in 2011.

The 6-3 330-pound tackle will turn 27 on Independence Day, and has played in 61 of 64 possible games during his four-year career, totaling 140 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one recovery.

He played 666 snaps last season for Jacksonville, grading out at +4.2 (-1.7 run, +2.2 pass rush, +2.0 pass coverage (!), +1.7 penalty) according to PFF, notching seven QB hits and 10 hurries, along with 23 run stops.

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