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Terrance Knighton, Broncos “close” to deal

Philip Rivers,  Terrance Knighton

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) loses the football when he is hit by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (96) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. The pass was ruled incomplete. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)


Free agent defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is nearing a deal with the Broncos, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Wednesday morning. Knighton is No. 59 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

According to Schefter, Knighton wants to work again with Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was Jacksonville’s head coach for the bulk of the 6-foot-3, 330-pound tackle’s first three seasons with the Jaguars.

The 26-year-old Knighton played all 16 games in 2012 for Jacksonville, but he made just four starts. He recorded 32 tackles and two sacks.