Evaluating the top five players that John Elway let walk

Terrance Knighton

Broncos defensive line

Year Left: 2015   New Team: Washington Redskins   Age At Signing: 28

Contract With The Washington Redskins: 1 year / $4.45 million ($2.95 million guaranteed)

First Year With Washington Redskins: 15 games played with 15 starts at nose tackle; 1.5 sacks; 17 tackles

Broncos Replacement: Sylvester Williams

Sylvester Williams Contract: 4 years / $7.58 million ($6.14 million guaranteed); $1.9 million a year (Signed as a rookie in 2013)

Sylvester Williams Production: 15 games played with 15 starts at nose tackle; 2.5 sacks; 17 tackles

The biggest offseason move the Broncos may have made last year was hiring Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator. Phillips seemed to bring out the best of every player on defense, so it is hard to say what Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton would have done in this defense.

Knighton had a very solid year in Washington as the primary nose tackle, but Williams had equally as good of a year as the primary nose tackle in Denver. Denver was loaded with defensive lineman last year, and while Knighton would have been another great addition to the rotation, the $4 million was probably best spent at another position.