The Washington Redskins have made relatively little progress so far toward a potential contract agreement that would keep linebacker Perry Riley Jr. off the free agent market, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
According to both of those people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized by the team to comment publicly on the talks, the Redskins want to keep Riley, and the two sides remain in discussions but are not particularly close to a deal at this point.
Riley, barring a deal with the Redskins, would be eligible for unrestricted free agency March 11. The Redskins still could re-sign him after that.
One of the people with knowledge of the talks said it appears increasingly likely that Riley will test the market and see what offers he gets from other teams, while not eliminating the possibility if re-signing with the Redskins.
Keeping Riley could be important for the Redskins with London Fletcher, the team’s other starter at inside linebacker, having said he expects to retire. The team also has one of its starters at outside linebacker, Brian Orakpo, eligible for unrestricted free agency.
The Redskins kept cornerback DeAngelo Hall off the free agent market by agreeing to a contract with him Tuesday.
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