Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, even when the stacks of green money are bigger.
Perry Riley might be able to go elsewhere and make more money in the short term than he can with the Redskins but he risks being a free agent bust.
Chris Burke of SI.com has Riley listed as one of his likely free agent busts in a list he posted a few days ago. He points out the much-discussed reports that Riley will be seeking a contract that pays him something in the vicinity of $7 million per year. “Even considering Riley’s production, that is an awful lot of change for a linebacker who has been relatively average against the run,” said Burke.
Another potential bust on the list, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, found his stride in the NFL when he got to Denver playing under defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. It would be a mistake to assume that he could be just as good in another location under a different coordinator.
It’s the same for Riley. He is in an ideal environment. Jim Haslett has been his defensive coordinator for all four years he has been in the NFL. Haslett knows what Riley does well and what his weak points are. He’s about to be handed the keys to the defense in the wake of the retirement of London Fletcher.
He’s a good, not anywhere near great, player who needs the best possible environment to thrive. It’s safe to say that Redskins provide him that best possible environment.