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Need to Know: Knighton’s new contract indicates limited interest from Redskins

Apr 8, 2016, 5:13 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, April 8, 20 days before the NFL Draft.


—The Redskins last played a game 89 days ago. It will be about 156 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 10; 2016 NFL draft 20; Redskins training camp starts 111

Hot topic

The Redskins made a late bid to try to retain nose tackle Terrance Knighton before the Patriots signed him last week. But a look at the contract that Pot Roast ended up signing with New England indicates it wasn’t a very serious effort to retain his services, at least if money was a significant factor (and it usually is).

When word that Knighton was on the move to Foxboro came out, the top-line numbers reported by the media said that Knighton got a one-year, $4.5 million deal. It appeared that the Redskins were simply substantially outbid as their offer was reported to be much lower.

But the details of the contract came out on Wednesday and, as is usually the case, the deal isn’t quite as sweet as it looked at first.

So it’s really a $1.1 million deal with incentives that could add another $3.4 million. According to the 2016 cap charge is just over $2 million, meaning that only about $900,000 of the bonus money is considered likely to be earned. That means he will have to accomplish things that he didn’t accomplish in 2015 in order to collect.

Assuming that Knighton didn’t turn down more money from the Redskins, it would appear that they didn’t value him enough to at least match New England’s offer. They stuck with their original decision to go in another direction. We will see how it works out.

Fan question of the day

I’m not sure if you are in need of some professional therapy, @dafoota. I’m not qualified for that. But I would suggest that before you make an appointment with a shrink you should take a look at Morris’ stats since he had his memorable breakthrough as a rookie.

It’s rare to see such a steep, persistent decline in a player’s rushing stats. Here is the difference in the three major categories from 2012 through 2016.


If you’re concerned that he has gone to Dallas, well, look at the numbers again. Not that he can’t bounce back at the age of 27 but you also have to look at your calendar. It’s 2016. In the free agency era players can and do move from rival to rival. The Redskins did the right thing in letting him walk; it would have been counterproductive to continue to invest in a declining asset.

(Hit me up on Twitter with #NTK @Rich_TandlerCSN or here in the comments to submit a question)

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:19 AM

    Redskins made a smart move to move on from pot roast. I was not impressed. He could rarely hold more than 22 snaps per game. He was typically gased after the first 10 snaps. The only really outstanding game was the Tampa goal line stance.

    We need another running back to add to our injured heap pile. I see us signing Pierre and having to use a 3, 4, or 5th rounder on RB. Maybe 4th or 5th will do.

    Just put us on the clock and let’s get this over with. Green Bay, want to give up any of those 4th round picks for a 3rd?? When you look at the points of our 3rd round pick compared to the points of their three 4th round picks they equate. If GB wants 2 thirds, they would be the team to trade with.


  2. abanig - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    He’s been overhyped for two years. It’s why the Broncos had no interest last offseason.

  3. sidepull - Apr 8, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    Alf. His yards and TD’s declined but in his defense so did his attempts:

    2012 355
    2013 276
    2014 265
    2015 202

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 8, 2016 at 7:50 AM

      I trust you noted that his yards/attempt declined very significantly as well.

      • sidepull - Apr 8, 2016 at 8:10 AM

        Yes. Facts are facts. Cant argue with that.

        Out of all the cuts the Redskins have made over the recent years, the three that bother me the most are Alf, DY and Lorenzo Alexander. I guess its because they are “football players”, did what ever was asked of them, and were “ours”. I hated seeing them walk. I have watched “systems” implemented where players are brought in to implement the coaches desired vision. Shanny and his small, quick, linemen, Gruden with his pass catching dual threat backs, whatever it takes to win. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made, even at the cost of character, which these guys had in spades. I agree, Alf declined. In his favor he is durable! Now lets see Gruden and his bevy of backs do something. Alf is out of the way and MJ has the reigns.

        • bangkokben - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:42 AM

          We all knew they were moving away from Alf the moment they drafted Jones in the 3rd round. His cap hit is only $1,300,000 this season and $2,200,000 next season. (He basically got the same contract Dallas gave McFadden last year with inflation.) If the Redskins wanted him, they could’ve signed him. Incidentally, the 21st pick in the draft will have a 2016 cap hit of $1,840,916 and a 2017 hit of $2,301,145. The 53rd pick: $803,814 and then $1,004,478. Ezekiel Elliot — or whatever player, irregardless of position, they select at 21 — will cost a smidgen more than Morris. Alf will still share the load with McFadden. I would’ve liked #46 to still be in B&G but it was pretty clear that as soon as McCloughan got here, he envisioned something else at the position.

      • howie70 - Apr 8, 2016 at 10:11 AM

        Can’t argue with the numbers, but I still hate to see Alf go. I think Alf will do well behind the Dallas o-line. Also, Jones only averaged 3.4 ypc last year. So I still think a lot of it was poor run blocking.

    • colorofmyskinz - Apr 8, 2016 at 7:56 AM

      And don’t forget his greatest stat was yards after first contact. Those decreased heavily as well. That is the most telling stat. It used to be his strength. Then we watched a completely different type of RB last year. Pretty much a paper doll, and that was not the Morris of old. He was the best with that stat. Not sure why it dropped off so badly. People say blocking. But a hit us a hit on that stat. I saw a different back, and his difference was not line related.

  4. skinsgame - Apr 8, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    I was disappointed in Knighton last year. He had an occasional burst but, mostly, it looked like he got blocked easily and pushed into the path of other defenders. He also only played 1/3 of the defensive snaps. Bellechick probably gets him going but, if he does, it proves a “will” issue and either way, best for the team to move on.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM

      It’s a shame he didn’t take his weight incentives seriously.

      He seems to have done something this off-season, but we needed it last year.

      • bangkokben - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM

        Kind of reminds me of when Santana got in good shape – I think they both realized that if they want to remain in the NFL, they have to take better care of their bodies because aren’t/weren’t what they used to be.

  5. wvredskins - Apr 8, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    I agree with you Color. This past year it really stood out to me where Alf wasnt breaking tackles like he use too. That was his greatest attribute in the first cpl years of his career. Bad thing is Alf has alot left in the tank. He is the type of player that you hate to see go because he does everything right.

  6. David Sydnor - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    I keep reading alot about Alfred Morris and his decline in the run game, being a reason he wasnt reason he wasnt re-signed in Washington.

    He wasnt re-signed because he doesnt fit into Grudens game plan. Im not sure if these writers watched a lick of Redskin football last year or if there just reviewing stats on paper, but Gruden rarely put Morris on the field and when he did he ran well. If Morris was Grudens #1 choice at back last year its no doubt Morris would have rushed for more than a 700 yrds and 1 touchdown. Morris was giving the same treatment Griffin received from Gruden in the beginning of the 2015 season, told youll be the starter and focus of the game plan untill week 1 kicks off and Gruden says otherwise. Not because they couldnt perform at a high lvl but because he didnt want those two pieces of the puzzle in his game plan.

    If you ask me there are a few Head Coach’s out there in the mist of pulling a “Chip Kelly” on your team! Grudens allready proved to be have it on him. Its such a shame!

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

      First of all, trust me, I watch a lot of Redskins football.

      Second, Morris was Gruden’s first choice as the running back last year. Started 16 games. Had 40% more carries than Jones.

      He didn’t get it done, period. Looked tentative going to the hole. Didn’t make guys miss. It was time to move on.

  7. hotpicksblog - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    The season ended 3 months ago. The Nats season has started. Cousins is locked in and ready to go. RG3 is still holding press conferences for the National Media, the Redskins Preseason schedule is out……and YOU are busy discussing Fat Boy…….Pot Belly…..a defensive lineman who played 1 single season for the Redskins and is now 2000 miles away in another city.

    I don’t get it.

    • bangkokben - Apr 8, 2016 at 9:51 AM

      What’s not to get? There has been a significant group of Pot Roast fans (posting here) that believed he had a good year and should be back. This is the closure for that group. As for the Nats, that IS irrelevant.

    • howie70 - Apr 8, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      Foxboro is 2000 miles form DC?

      • lezziemcdykerson - Apr 8, 2016 at 4:49 PM

        Giggle.. thought I was the only one thought that was funny

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      If you haven’t noticed, the blog here is entitled “Real Redskins”. We discuss the Redskins 365 days a year here. The stats here and for Redskins/NFL articles on CSN show that there is considerable interest in the Redskins now, more than there is in the Nats, Wiz, and, yes, even the caps.

      You are welcome to bypass the blog, and the comments section, if you’d like.

    • wvredskins - Apr 8, 2016 at 10:27 AM

      Well I for one enjoy coming to this site daily and keeping up with the Redskins year round. Keep up the good work Rich.

      • sidepull - Apr 8, 2016 at 11:22 AM

        what wv said.

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 8, 2016 at 3:10 PM

          What wv and sidepull said.

  8. bangkokben - Apr 8, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    The funniest response I’ve seen to Griffin’s most recent press conference:

    “No diamonds” is the Browns motto isn’t it?

    Snorting liquid from my nose.

  9. hitmeimopen - Apr 8, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    I love Alf, but has anyone actually considered that, if we’d had a true top-line back, even in ’12, how much better the run game may have been? The ultimate would’ve been to have the attitude of Alf and the ability of Riggo! Archives

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