Report: Broncos Unlikely to Re-Sign Terrance Knighton


Looks as if John Elway and the Denver Broncos have had their fill of Pot Roast.

According to the latest report from Denver Post reporter Mike Klis in Indianapolis: “It’s unlikely that Terrance Knighton will return. Simply put, his market value will exceed what the Broncos are willing to pay.”

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In Klis’ story posted Sunday morning, he lays out that the Broncos will need to fill nine positions – six on offense and three on defense (two defensive linemen). He goes by position and who is currently there and who the Broncos could be interested in – either through free agency (March 10) or the NFL Draft (April 30).

The latest “bombshell” is the news on Knighton. Broncos Country was hopeful that Elway and the organization could bring back the popular and talented defensive lineman. That now appears unlikely.

But that’s not the only news item Klis dropped. It’s no secret that Elway and the Broncos need to improve the offensive line. But, according to Klis, we can rule out Orlando Franklin. As Klis said, “Expect free agent Orlando Franklin to get handsomely paid by another team.” In terms of who the Broncos could target at left guard, Klis said it could be Mike Iupati and Chris Bolling. Or they could give in-house candidates Michael Schofield or Ben Garland a look.

Dec 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

That means Denver will need to fill three positions on the offensive line when you include center and right tackle. One guy Klis doesn’t include on the list of possible guys to target is the best right tackle on the market, Bryan Bulaga. He has to be at least in the discussion since the position is the most crucial to fill at this point.

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Klis adds that in terms of centers, the Broncos could stick with Will Montgomery or go after the best center on the market, Rodney Hudson.

In terms of Knighton, Klis doesn’t include who Elway and the Broncos could potentially target at defensive line for the new 3-4 scheme to replace him. Whether that was intentional or not, let the speculation continue that a certain defensive lineman could be in play if he’s not re-signed by his current team. They also need another defensive end.

In terms of the safety position, this really isn’t news since it’s been public for a while, but Rahim Moore more than likely won’t return either. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up in Chicago with John “Take a Knee” Fox. His replacement has rumored to be cornerback Kayvon Webster, who would make the move to safety.

But the big news to come from Klis is that the Broncos have had their fill of pot roast.

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Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) before the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports