With the recent news that defensive tackle Nick Fairley has opted to sign a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the New England Patriots have turned their sights to another top free agent along the defensive line; Terrance Knighton.

The Patriots, who brought Fairley in for a meeting last week, have decided to bring Knighton into town now, as they still look to fill a hole created along their defensive line by the departures of both Akiem Hicks and Sealver Siliga in free agency.

Knighton, who was selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, is entering eighth season in the league. After four seasons with Jacksonville, the now 30-year-old spent two seasons with the Denver Broncos prior to playing for the Washington Redskins last season.

Throughout his career, Knighton has been known for his abilities in stuffing the rushing game.

In seven seasons, Knighton has totaled 230 tackles and 14 sacks and 27 stuffs.

While it appears the Pats are interested in the veteran tackle, his most recent team doesn't seem to be willing to let him go without a fight.

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