Report: Redskins Re-Sign Perry Riley

Shae CroninCorrespondent IMarch 11, 2014

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Washington Redskins' Perry Riley (56) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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With a large hole looming in the middle of their defense, the Redskins were proactive in helping to shore up the inside linebacker spot by re-signing Perry Riley, according to Dianna Russini of NBC Washington.

Perry Riley will return and play for the Washington Redskins. Deal is done. #Redskins #NFLFreeAgency

— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 11, 2014

Riley has spent the last four seasons with the Redskins after being drafted by the team in the fourth round in 2010. Set to turn 26 in May, Riley is coming off arguably his best season as a pro last year, having recorded three sacks and an interception to go along with 115 tackles. 

Additionally, this move hopefully implies that coaches were pleased with Riley’s demonstrated pass coverage ability late last season. An inside linebacker who can cover can lead to a better pass rush, as it allows the outside backers to pin their ears back coming off the edge and get after the cornerback.

However, this doesn't mean the Redskins are finished dealing at inside linebacker. With only the inexperienced Keenan Robinson to play alongside Riley, the front office has more work to do. Unpopular guys like Arthur Moats and Joe Mays remain interesting names from a depth-building perspective at the position, but bringing back Riley likely means Karlos Dansby is an afterthought.  

The initial concern regarding Riley and whether or not it was wise for the Redskins to re-sign him came down to money. Thankfully, Riley's new deal isn't Dannell Ellerbe money circa last offseason.

Perry Riley's deal with the Redskins is for 3 years,13 million. #Redskins

— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 11, 2014