Updated: February 19, 2015, 1:31 AM ET

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Terrance Knighton is preparing to hit free agency when the market officially opens in March. The Broncos defensive tackle would like to stay put in Denver.
“I think I’ve made it very clear to them [Denver management] that I want to be a Bronco,” Knighton told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Wednesday.
Knighton, a team captain this past season for the Broncos, was a key voice in the locker room and a key part of the team’s defense as well, especially on early downs.
[+] EnlargeRon Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsTerrance Knighton, who was a key part of Denver’s defense last season, wants to remain put. “I think I’ve made it very clear to them that I want to be a Bronco,” Knighton said.
He said he’d be willing to take “somewhat of a hometown discount,” but that he also wants to feel he is receiving fair market value for his position. He said the interest in him remaining put doesn’t appear to be mutual at this point.
“To be quite honest with you, it’s frustrating and it’s somewhat disrespectful just knowing how important I was to the team and what the defense could’ve been without somebody like me,” he said. “It’s almost like, the longer they wait the worse it is going to be.”
One place that may be in the market for Knighton if he doesn’t re-sign with Denver is in the Bay Area.
Oakland Raiders¬†coach Jack Del Rio, who can’t specifically talk about Knighton until the free-agent negotiating window opens in early March, made it clear Wednesday that he likes the Broncos defensive tackle plenty.
“We drafted him. We thought at that time he was kind of a dancing bear type,” Del Rio said at the NFL’s scouting combine. “A big, powerful man that could stay on his feet and run down the line. So, you know, this game is about big, powerful men so that the guys that have the skill level can do their things. So this big, powerful man played well in Jacksonville. We got back together; he played well in Denver, and so I appreciate that. I respect that. We have to have those kinds of people in our trenches on the offensive and defensive line in order to play the football we expect to play.”
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