2014 Redskins Free Agents. Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft out of LSU. He was mostly a special teams player and backup for much of his first two seasons, but began starting some games late in the 2011 season.
Riley began the 2012 season as a starter alongside London Fletcher at inside linebacker, and I think he more than exceeded expectations with a very good season. Riley had 129 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 7 passes defenses, and he and Fletcher formed a solid if unspectacular tandem on the inside.
But where Riley exceeded expectations in 2012, he began 2013 by not living up to them. As he and Fletcher struggled early on against the run and in pass coverage. However, Riley’s performance improved throughout the season, and he appeared to finish 2013 playing very well racking up 115 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 interception.
Riley is a free agent now, and with London Fletcher retiring it would make sense that the Redskins would re-sign him. As losing both starters at inside linebacker wouldn’t be good for continuity on defense and would hurt depth at the position. Also, Riley’s only 25 years old, and his best days as a player may be ahead of him.
So I say Buy on Perry Riley. He has proven himself to be a solid starter, with the potential to become even better. However, while Riley has been good at times, he’s still inconsistent too, so the Redskins shouldn’t over pay for his services. And hopefully they can come to an agreement in terms of an appropriate number to pay him.
So what do you think on Perry Riley? Buy or sell?