The details of Terrance Knighton's contract with the Patriots have come under the microscope, and it appears as though the team got their new defensive tackle at a price that makes sense.
Knighton's base salary for 2016 checks in at $900,000, and according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, he'll also receive a signing bonus worth $250,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000. If Knighton is active for all 16 regular-season games, he'll receive an additional $500,000.
That $1.75 million total can get another bump as Knighton has $300,000 in incentives written into his deal. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Knighton could earn up to $4.55 million if he hits the "not likely to be earned" incentives in his deal. Per Rapoport, Knighton has a $2 million playing-time incentive and a $500,000 Pro Bowl incentive.
Knighton's cap hit for his one-year deal comes in at a reasonable $2.018 million.
Former Patriots defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, 26, signed with the Bears for two years and $10 million, and Knighton's deal indicates that the Patriots were OK with a more cost-effective option up front.
While Knighton's deal won't guarantee him the dollar figure -- $4.5 million -- that was originally reported as his contract value, he may feel as though he has a good opportunity to hit his NLTBE incentives with the talent around him in New England. He's reportedly cut down on his weight this offseason, and if he can avoid the cluster headaches that plagued him in 2015, perhaps the soon-to-be 30-year-old believes he's in line for a resurgent season.
Knighton will figure into the mix on the interior of the Patriots defensive line along with Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, Dominique Easley, Chris Jones, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and Joe Vellano.