NFL free agency: Where the Redskins stand on signing day

Cornerback Aqib Talib is said to still rank high on Washington’s wish list. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Cornerback Aqib Talib is said to still rank high on Washington’s wish list. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Update noon, Tuesday: The Redskins have finalized a deal to bring inside linebacker Perry Riley back, the team announced. They also are expected to sign wide receiver Andre Roberts, who has agreed to terms, according to a source.

Original post 9:05 a.m. Tuesday: At 4 p.m. today, the new NFL year kicks off, and at that point, the Washington Redskins and their counterparts will be able to sign free agents to contracts.

The Redskins have spent the past three days negotiating with the representatives of players as they look to upgrade a roster with holes in many positions. People familiar with the Redskins’ deliberations expect them to devote a significant amount of resources to upgrading their secondary. The team also has holes at inside linebacker, wide receiver and offensive line.

It appears that Washington will retain the services of inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr., but as of late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the two sides had yet to finalize that deal, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said. Re-signing Riley would mean the Redskins hang onto a player they have groomed the last two seasons to take over for London Fletcher. Riley last season led Washington with 115 tackles, three sacks and an interception.

Washington remains interested in signing cornerback Aqib Talib. It remains to be seen if the Redskins can meet his asking price, however. Talib, who played for Tampa Bay when Bruce Allen was GM and Raheem Morris head coach, is said to be seeking a long-term deal that would pay him around $9 million a year. But the New England Patriots reportedly have interest in retaining Talib’s services as well, and possibly could outbid the Redskins.

Safeties Jairus Byrd and Mike Mitchell, and cornerbacks Corey Graham and Captain Munnerlyn also rank among the defensive backs Washington has pursued over the past three days.

Add another  and familiar name to that list, however. The Redskins also are said to have interest in bringing back cornerback Carlos Rogers, whom the 49ers have released. The ninth overall pick of the 2005 draft, Rogers spent the first six seasons of his career in Washington before departing three years ago for the 49ers. The Redskins see Rogers as an option at nickelback, where his physical style of play suits him well. A person familiar with Rogers’s thinking said that he was intrigued by the possibility of returning and reuniting with former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and former teammate DeAngelo Hall.

Meanwhile, on offense, Redskins have three known wide receivers on their radar having made pursuits of Arizona slot receiver Andre Roberts, Cincinnati receiver Andrew Hawkins, who played for Jay Gruden for the last three years, and Tennessee’s Kenny Britt.

Washington also hopes to bolster the guard and right tackle positions in free agency, one person said.

The Redskins are believed to have roughly $20 million in cap space after devoting $11.455 million to outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who last week received the franchise player designation. USA Today reported Monday evening that the Redskins had opted not to roll over $1.3 million in unused cap space into this year’s spending. But late Monday night, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen called that report “wrong.” Washington didn’t have an allotment of unused cap space to roll over into 2014.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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