The Redskins have brought back another key defensive free agent as the Redskins announced that they have agreed to terms with inside linebacker Perry Riley.
Their 2010 fourth-round pick out of LSU has been the starter at inside linebacker ever since the middle of the 2010 season. Last year Riley registered 72 tackles, three sacks and got this first career interception.
It has been reported recently that Riley and the Redskins were very far apart in contract negotiations and it was widely believed that he would go into the free agent market. But perhaps Riley's camp learned what they needed to learn during the last few days as teams other then the Redskins have been able to contact them about a contract.
Jim Haslett named Riley as one of four defensive free agents he thought the team had to have back. With Riley on board, defensive lineman Chris Baker and DeAngelo Hall also having signed contract extensions, and Brian Orakpo likely to return via the franchise tag, the defensive coordinator now has all four of his key guys coming back.
Riley’s role is will take a step up in 2014. With the retirement of London Fletcher, Riley is in line to take over calling the defensive signals. The Redskins have been grooming him for that role and that is one reason why Haslett thought that it was important for him to return.
Riley agreeing to terms was first reported by @BurgundyBlog.