The first bid of player support for Jack Del Rio has come out. It comes from Broncos defensive tackle, Terrance Knighton, who tweeted a message of strong support for his now former Defensive Coordinator. And in doing so, the soon-to-be free agent may have pitched himself to come to the Raiders.
If the report is true. The Raiders are getting a great damn coach. He will revive that locker room and organization.— Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) January 14, 2015
There is a need in Oakland for a player with the skills of the 6-3, 317-pound defensive tackle. The 28-year-old NFL veteran played fantastic at both right and left defensive tackle for the Broncos two past two seasons under Del Rio in Denver.
And then there's this:
Terrance Knighton to AP's @arniestapleton recently: "I want to be wherever Jack is. I'll just leave it at that." #Raiders— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) January 14, 2015
Knighton was originally drafted by the Jaguars while Del Rio was head coach. When he became a free agent two seasons ago, he joined Del Rio with the Broncos. And with him set to become a free agent this off-season, he could follow Del Rio once again and sign with the Raiders.
Knighton has played both left and right defensive tackle. The Raiders drafted their new nose tackle in Justin Ellis, so could Knighton line up next to him? Maybe a rotation? It's possible.