The Washington Redskins drafted Perry Riley in the fourth round in 2010. They signed Stephen Paea to a free agent contract last offseason. Both players started on defense for much of last season. Both players were waived Tuesday as the Redskins made additional moves to reach the league limit of 75 players by 4 p.m.
The Redskins also placed rookie running back Keith Marshall on the injured reserve list and tight end Derek Carrier on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Inured wide receiver Reggie Diggs was waived.
While releasing Paea and Riley are stunning because of the names involved, neither move comes as a surprise.
Paea sounded like he knew what was coming when he spoke with Breaking Burgundy on Monday, shortly after Washington signed veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. Paea signed a four-year, $21 million last year, but he never turned into a powerful force before a season-ending toe injury cut his 2015 campaign short. Paea often played with the backups in training camp this summer.
“I control what I control," Paea said Monday. "If I am here today, that’s a blessing. If I’m not here tomorrow, that’s another blessing. I have a chance to go with another team, but I don’t think it like that. I just come here and take it one day at a time. Be positive about everything and come out here and have fun."
Paea was set to make $4.65 million in 2016. By waving him, the Redskins save just under a million.
Bigger savings come by releasing Riley, who lost his starting job to Will Compton and Mason Foster last season. Paying a backup inside linebacker around $5 million would be pricey and unnecessary with a trio of young options in reserve. With the release, Washington pays only $1 million.
That he received only four snaps in Friday's preseason game was a strong indicator of what would develop.
Riley tweeted about his release.
The idea Marshall could end up on IR surfaced after coach Jay Gruden announced Monday the RB could miss at least three weeks with an elbow injury. That time frame meant risk leaving the rookie on the roster and possibly being a man down for some time.
Carrier must sit out at least the first six weeks. Both Carrier and Marshall could return, though only one player can be activated off IR.
On Saturday, Breaking Burgundy reported offensive tackle Al Bond and outside linebacker Shiro Davis were among the players released, according to sources.
The Redskins announced other cuts Saturday: tackle Cody Booth, linebacker Ejiro Ederaine, cornerback Jeremy Harris, linebacker Willie Jefferson, wide receiver Valdez Showers, wide receiver Dez Stewart, wide receiver Jarvis Turner, running back Kelsey Young.
Washington also claimed offensive lineman Vinston Painter on Monday.
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