The Washington Redskins are the only team in the NFL with a defensive lineman on its roster, and it’s the same team that signed one of the league’s most powerful defensive linemen, Terrance Knighton, to a six-year, $64 million deal this offseason.
But Knighton is a defensive tackle, not a linebacker.
That’s what the Redskins will get if they make the move they’re rumored to be pursuing.
According to The Washington Times, Knighton has been working out with the Washington Redskins and would be a good fit for them in the middle of their defense.
He’d bring a ton of experience to the Redskins’ front four, but he also has an edge on the competition.
According the Times, the Redskins have been in talks with former Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins, who signed with the Redskins last offseason and is a free agent.
Collins was one of only four linebackers in the league last season with at least 1,000 tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Redskins also reportedly have interest in former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dontari Poe, who is under contract for next season.
Knighton, 31, has been a top-10 pick in three of his four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, with three Pro Bowl selections.
He started 13 games in 2013 and 14 games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 of the 2016 season.
The Washington Times says Knighton’s interest in the Redskins is mutual, and that the Redskins are seeking a pass-rusher to complement Knighton on the outside.
Knighten’s versatility is part of what makes him so valuable to the Washington front office.
The team is one of just a handful of teams that have a full-time linebacker in the locker room, according the Times.
He’s a leader in the front office, a guy that helps develop young players and a guy who helps coach the young guys.