Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins have had negotiation talks with Perry Riley’s representatives regarding a contract extension. However, it “doesn’t sound like the sides are close yet.”
Washington has already shown interest in retaining some of their free agent players including CB DeAngelo Hall and OLB Brian Orakpo, so with this in mind, it’s all that surprising that they’ve reached out to Riley regarding a new contract.
Riley, 25, is coming off of a season in which he tallied 115 tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery. There is still room for growth with Riley, but he has had some issues with stopping the run.
According to Pro Football Focus, Riley rates as the No. 46 inside linebacker out of 55 qualifying players with London Fletcher coming in at No. 55. Both of them were well below average in run defense, but Riley did show at least some ability to get to the quarterback as an inside rusher.
Washington finally has some cap space to work with, so it will be interesting to see if they use it retain a most of their free agents or look to the open market for replacements.