It’s looking more and more like the Redskins are not going to be able to sign Perry Riley before they have some competition for his services.
The Redskins and the player who has started for them at inside linebacker the past two and a half seasons “are not particularly close” in contract negotiations, according to a report in the Washington Post.
It’s been reported that Riley’s camp wants to see him get a contract like the one the Dolphins gave to Dannell Ellerbe last year. That was for $35 million over five years. Riley is also likely looking at the three-year, $20 million deal that Donald Butler just got from the Chargers. That contract contains $12 million in guaranteed money.
Those annual averages of those two contracts are right around $7 million. The Redskins will point to the two-year deal that London Fletcher just finished with them. That contract averaged about $5.5 million per year.
The Redskins will want Riley to take less than the now retired Fletcher, who was a 16-year veteran and four-time pro bowler.
For right now there is little reason for either side to move much. When free agency starts next Tuesday Riley will almost certainly hit the open market. He will then be able to go out and find out what his value is.
There will be risk for both sides in not agreeing before the opening of free agency. The Redskins could end up having to pay Riley more than they think he’s worth. Or he could just leave and sign a contract without giving the Redskins a chance to make a counter offer.
Knowing that, the Redskins aren’t going to sit around and wait for Riley to come back to them with an offer. They will need to move aggressively to fill a position where they don’t have a legitimate NFL starter under contract. If Riley’s camp goes out into the market asking too much they could see doors closing as teams turn elsewhere. He could end up getting less money than he would have if he had just priced his services right to begin with.
The high-stakes poker game gets underway next Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.
The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.
But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.
RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.
The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it.
Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.
But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.
Monday was an unlucky day for Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.
What started with a warrant for his arrest ended with him being released by the Cowboys.
Back on June 22, Whitehead was arrested on charges of petit larceny in Woodbridge The former Osbourn High School (Va.) and Florida Atlantic wide receiver was popped for shoplifting under $200 of merchandise at a local Wawa convenience store.
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An arraignment was scheduled for July 6. Court records indicate that Whitehead did not show up to court, and on Monday, July 24, a warrant for his arrest was issued, the Prince William County police Department confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Whitehead was informed that he was being released, according to Ian Rapoport.
Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he wasn't even aware that he was wanted in court.
Whitehead's agent also claimed that the wide receiver wasn't in Virginia at the time of the arrest.
This all comes less than a week after Whitehead's pet dog was kidnapped and held for ransom. Whitehead got the dog back 24 hours later.
The Bealton, Va. native appeared in 15 games last season, hauling in three catches for 48 yards. He also carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. Whitehead's biggest contribution came in the return game, where he returned 25 punts for 195 yards and 17 kickoffs for 394 yards.
Whitehead signed a 3-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.