Six-year veteran Perry Riley remains under contract, but Washington must decide whether to keep him in their plans or move on from him, as Mike Jones of The Washington Post writes. Riley, 27, is entering the final year of a three-year, $12MM contract that he signed in 2014. He’s set to earn a base salary of $4MM, with about $1MM in prorated signing bonus money bringing his total cap hit to $5MM+. Washington could save itself $4MM by cutting Riley.
Here are a few more notes out of the nation’s capital:
- Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir of CSNMidAtlantic.com debated the merits of Washington bringing back DeSean Jackson in 2016. Jackson is set to cost $9.25MM against Washington’s cap in 2016 and the team can save $6.75MM in cap space by letting him go. Talent-wise, Jackson can still bring something to the table, but one has to wonder if GM Scot McCloughan will want to pay that kind of money to a veteran who skipped a substantial number of the team’s OTA sessions to film a TV reality series last year.
- Larry Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com (video link) wonders if McCloughan will try to build Washington’s defense through free agency.
- Washington raised some eyebrows last spring when the team used its fifth overall pick on offensive lineman Brandon Scherff. However, the rookie had a solid first year in D.C., and his steady progress bodes well for the club going forward, writes John Keim of ESPN.com.
Zach Links contributed to this post.