Riley has shown great promise over the past few seasons. The upcoming season will be a huge test for Riley and answer a lot of questions about how much of an impact player he actually is. Playing alongside Fletcher, Riley looked like he could be an All-Pro caliber linebacker. It will be interesting to see how he will do running the defense.
That point aside, the Redskins cannot afford to replace both of it's starting middle linebackers in free agency.
The Washington Redskins released Adam Carriker, Jawan Jamison, Davin Meggett, Richard Quinn and Sav Rocca.
The moves were made primarily to save money. Carriker was due to receive $6.5 million this season. By releasing him, the Redskins were able to save $2.98 million. Cutting Rocca saves the Redskins $1.2 million this season. The other three players were members of the practice squad.
There is plenty of talk this offseason about which free-agents the Redskins should sign. Before Washington adds to its depth, it must first secure it's own top free-agent players. Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is and should rightfully be the top priority.
Washington will try to sign Orakpo to a long-term deal this offseason. If a deal cannot be reached, the Redskins should without a doubt franchise tag the team's top pass rusher.
Orakpo has expressed a desire to return to Washington, so the Redskins need to get a deal done. If they somehow lose out on bringing Orakpo back, the team will not only be trying to sure up help in the defensive backfield, it will be on the search to find a replacement for the three-time pro-bowler.
The Orioles again made a late splash in free-agency by signing outfielder / designated hitter Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal worth $8 million.
Cruz, 33, batted .266 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs with the Texas Rangers last season. Cruz appeared in 109 games before a 50 game Performance Enhancing Drugs suspension ended his season.
The addition of Cruz adds a legitimate power threat to an already imposing Orioles lineup.
The Baltimore Orioles finally made the moving we were waiting for this offseason by agreeing to terms with free agent pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez.
Jimenez will reportedly receive $50 million over four years. According to Ken Rosenthal, a physical is all that is left to complete the deal.
Jimenez will find himself at the top of the Orioles rotation this season.
Source: Ken Rosenthal Twitter