ILB Perry Riley Jr.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I think of Riley, all that comes to mind is an average, overpaid linebacker who is slowly dragging this Washington defense down. While he may be the best starting inside linebacker currently on the Redskins’ roster, that’s more an indication of the lack of overall ability than Riley’s level of talent.
Seeing as he’s scheduled to make just over $5 million in 2016, it may be time to sever ties and find a more reliable option in the middle of the D.C. defense. There are a number of intriguing options on the open market this offseason, and a few capable replacements also available during the 2016 NFL Draft. Riley may be a familiar name, but he’s simply not worth $5 million at this point in his career.
The Redskins saw some potential in Will Compton as a starting-caliber linebacker in 2015, and will likely address the position more than once this offseason. That’s why getting rid of Riley and saving $4 million in cap space would be the best option for Washington moving forward. Sorry folks, but he’s just no longer worth the price of admission.
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