Report: Patriots host DT Knighton for visit Monday


Report: Patriots host DT Knighton for visit Monday

The Patriots have shown interest in defensive tackles during free agency, but Akiem Hicks chose Chicago over New England. Nick Fairley opted for the Saints after meeting with the Patriots. 

Bill Belichick, Nick Caserio and their staff are still searching for some help for the interior of their defensive line, and while the pool of choices has thinned, they aren't yet totally dependent on the draft. 

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the team is hosting defensive tackle Terrance Knighton on a visit Monday. 

The 6-foot-3, 350-pounder is headed into his eighth professional season after spending last year with the Redskins. Knighton, who will turn 30 on the Fourth of July, accumulated 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2015.

Knighton did not play in Washington's Week 9 loss to the Patriots -- it was the only game he missed last season -- but fans from this area remember Knighton (also known as "Pot Roast") for his performance in the AFC title game against the Patriots in 2013. He was part of a defensive line that handled the line of scrimmage in Denver, and he finished with one sack and four tackles -- all of which went for one yard or less. 

Knighton spent two seasons with the Broncos after playing for the Jaguars during the first four years of his career. He was selected by Jacksonville in the third round of the 2009 draft.

A different player than Fairley, who has been one of the most effective pass-rushing defensive tackles in the league in recent years, Knighton (14.0 sacks in seven seasons) has been more of a run-stuffing defensive tackle over the course of his career. 

Should the Patriots and Knighton strike a deal, he'd join a group of interior linemen that includes Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, Dominique Easley, Chris Jones, Frank Kearse, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and Joe Vellano.

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.