“I think I’ve made it very clear to them that I want to be a Bronco,” Knighton said. “My agent tried to get something done before the year, during the year, immediately when the season was over, and they just haven’t had the same interest. To be quite honest with you it’s frustrating and it’s somewhat disrespectful just knowing how important I was to the team and what the defense could’ve been without somebody like me. It’s almost like, the longer they wait the worse it is going to be.”
Knighton did say that he would like to remain with the Broncos moving forward and added that he’s willing to take “somewhat of a hometown discount.”
However, if Denver is unwilling to offer reasonable compensation, he has no issues moving on.
“I want to stay with the Broncos,” Knighton said, per Anderson. “I’m willing to take somewhat of a hometown discount, but I also want to make sure I’m getting paid well for my position and how well I played. But if the Broncos don’t make any moves, I have no problem signing somewhere else.”
Interestingly enough, Knighton confirmed what many have suggested, which is the Raiders could be a team to keep an eye on for the defensive tackle, should he be available.
“There’s been a lot of talk about me going to Oakland because of coach (Jack) Del Rio,” said Knighton. “He and I have a great relationship. I know his defense. I know exactly how he wants his nose tackles to play and I am a very loyal person. He stuck with me..and he is a big part of me being in Denver. So if things don’t work out he is definitely the first person I would like to talk to.”
The Lions have also come up as speculative landing spot, depending on what happens with their defensive tackles.
Knighton, 28, appeared in all 16 games and recorded 30 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 defensive tackle in the league out of 81 qualifying players.
We have Knighton listed as the No. 23 player in our Top 75 Free Agents list.