Despite reports that the Washington Redskins and linebacker Perry Riley Jr. were a ways away in contract figures, the two have completed a deal prior to the opening of the free agency period at 4:00 pm. The numbers within the contract are yet to be released, but with the re-signing of Riley the Redskins have addressed each task entering the off-season.
The LSU product is expected to fill the void left by longtime Redskin London Fletcher, who has retired. Last season, Riley led the team in tackles (115) on top of recording an interception and three sacks. Thus far, Riley has spent his entire career in Washington after the team selected him in the fourth round of 2010 NFL Draft.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will now move his attention to rebuilding his defense that was in the bottom half of the league in both passing and rushing yards allowed per game. The first move should be to build around Riley with a veteran linebacker that will be able to relieve the fourth year pro of some of his duties. The count down to free agency continues and remember to tune in to All Over the Hill to receive all your informational needs.