Washington Redskins Should Divert Chaos, Re-Sign Perry Riley Jr.

By Ricky Allen
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When it comes to the Washington Redskins and linebacker Perry Riley Jr., I have only one thing to say: Pay the man.

In the name of all things sacred, why in the world is this even a problem? This guy has proven himself on the field time and time again. I might go as far as saying that he’s the next London Fletcher.

Whoa, maybe I should slow down? No, I have an argument:

  • In the 2013 NFL season, Riley led the team in tackles four more games than retired linebacker Fletcher.
  • In 2012, he was second to Fletcher (139) in tackles with 128.
  • In 2011, he was in the top five for total combined tackles with 68.

With Fletcher retired, Riley will get his chance to lead the defense. This year, he arrived. It’s his time, and he’s not someone you dangle for draft picks or trades. Riley needs to stay in the burgundy and gold. If they want to do something constructive, the Redskins should be looking for an understudy to add to the defensive roster that is just as big and good as Riley.

Riley has proven three seasons in a row he’s ready to be the top man on the field. It’s ridiculous that contract talks are as the Washington Post puts it, “..not even close.” If he slips through the fingers of the Redskins, defensive coach Jim Haslett will have a lot more problems this season. We don’t need to rebuild special teams and the defense at the same time. That’s chaos. Riley cashes in at $1,323,000, and is worth the money.

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