Limited to nine games last season, Riley recovered from a foot injury in time for training camp, but he couldn't beat out Mason Foster for a starting job alongside Will Compton. It's unclear if Washington proposed a pay cut prior to dumping the 30-year-old Riley and his $4 million salary. Should he catch on elsewhere, it will likely be on a contract much closer to the veteran's minimum.
Riley missed the final six games of last season due to a foot injury that required surgery, causing him to start training camp on the sidelines. However, now that he's healed enough, the veteran will take the practice field Friday. Entering the last year of his current contract, Riley will compete for reps at inside linebacker with Will Compton and Mason Foster.
Riley (foot) was placed on the PUP list for the start of training camp, The Washington Post reports.
Still recovering from the injury (and subsequent surgery) that cost him the final six games of last season, Riley may need to compete for a roster spot when/if he is ready to practice. The Redskins could deploy Will Compton and Mason Foster as the starting inside linebackers, and Riley's $4 million salary would be tough to justify for a backup at a non-premium position. Of course, the 28-year-old might consider taking a pay cut to stick around.
Even if he is healthy, Riley (foot) won't necessarily work with the first-team defense at the start of training camp, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Riley missed the final six games of last season, opening up a starting spot for Mason Foster alongside Will Compton. The Redskins went with that same duo during the offseason program, with Riley unavailable while rehabbing from November surgery. Riley is expected to be healthy for the start of camp, but while previously reports suggested he'd likely slot in as a starter, it now seems he'll have to compete with Compton and/or Foster. Entering the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal, Riley may find his roster spot in jeopardy if he doesn't win a starting job, as the Redskins can save approximately $4 million by releasing him.
Riley had foot surgery in late November and missed the rest of the season, finishing with 43 tackles (23 solo) and two interceptions in nine games. Assuming no complications, he'll likely step back in as a starter at inside linebacker, with Mason Foster and Will Compton expected to compete for the other job. Riley has missed nine games over the past two years, but he did record 115+ tackles and 3+ sacks in back-to-back seasons not so long ago (2012-13).
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