Reports on Monday had linebacker Perry Riley agreeing to a contract that would keep him in Washington.
The Redskins made it official on Tuesday, announcing that Riley has re-signed with the team. The team offered no details about the terms of the deal, but Dianna Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington, D.C., who reported Riley’s return, reports that it is a three-year deal worth $13 million.
Riley has started every game for the Redskins over the last two seasons and 40 straight overall, all of them alongside London Fletcher. With Fletcher almost certainly retired, the team will have to find the right partner for Riley going forward. Riley’s on the small side for an inside linebacker, so it wouldn’t hurt for the team to pair him with a bigger player who does strong work against the run.
The Redskins used their franchise tag on linebacker Brian Orakpo, so they’ve now assured the return of two defensive starters to a unit that has a lot of room for improvement over last season’s efforts.