Patriots reportedly release defensive tackle Terrance Knighton

The veteran tweeted Monday he is parting ways with New England.

New England Patriots defensive tackle Terrance Knighton walks off the field following an NFL football practice Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Terrance Knighton's time with the Patriots is over. –Michael Dwyer/AP

The Patriots have released defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, a league source told The Boston Globe on Monday.

Knighton shared his thoughts on his departure from New England on Twitter.

The 30-year-old defensive lineman joined the Patriots on a one-year, $1.75 million deal during the 2016 offseason. The eight-year veteran has played for the Redskins, Broncos and Jaguars. During his career, he has 230 tackles, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Knighton got playing time near the end of the Patriots’ second preseason game against the Bears. However, he did not play at all on defense during the Patriots’ 19-17 win over the Panthers on Friday.


“He came in, worked hard, lost weight, got in good condition, tried to do the things we asked him to do,” Bill Belichick said Monday. “(There were) just other people ahead of him.”

The Patriots defensive tackles include Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, Markus Kuhn, Anthony Johnson and Vincent Valentine. The Patriots have until Tuesday to trim the roster down to 75 players.

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